Preparation for a Blessing
2 Kings 3:14-17
When we look at the key verse that we are sharing tonight, there is one thing that is definitely certain.
That is the fact that God does want to bless. When we look the different passages of scripture; some
familiar and some that we have had to do some searching for in our individual periods of study; we do
see in these passages that God does indeed want to bless. We have even quoted that same familiar
saying that “God is in the blessing business”. However, for the sake of this preaching hour I would like
to share with you that even though God is still in the blessing business, even though God want to bless
you according to his riches, and even though God will provide all of our needs, we must STILL make
preparations for our blessing. This point comes into focus as we walk through the corridors of chapter 3
of the second book of Kings and more importantly verses 14 through 17.
Verses 14 through 17 find King Jehoram of Israel, along with King Jehoshephat of Judah, and the King of
Edom ready to do battle with the kingdom of Moab. However, we also see that in the midst of this
impending conflict, there is a dire situation that they have gotten themselves into as they have now run
out of water for their troops as well as the cattle that was to feed the troops by taking a longer route in
order to attack Moab from the east. Once word got around that the situation was as serious as it could
get, they took it upon themselves to call upon the prophet Elisha in order to get some guidance on their
next move. Once Elisha had informed them that even though the reason he would assist them was
because of the presence of King Jehoshephat, he received a strange word from the Lord:
“And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches…”
What is resident in this word is that, in order to receive a blessing from God, there must sometimes be
some work done on our end. Many, many times in our lives we will ask God to bless us so much to the
point we even begin to lose count. Sometimes He does bless us even when we really don’t deserve the
blessing in the first place but I have come to let you know that there will be a time when you are looking
for one of those blessings YOU WILL have to dig a few ditches. In Mark, chapter 10:21, Jesus spoke of
work that needed to be done in order to inherit eternal life. That verse says:
21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell
whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take
up the cross, and follow me.
In other words, if you really want to inherit eternal life, you’re going to have to dig a ditch by taking up a
cross and following Jesus. Yes, there are days when we get tired of Satan’s dashers breaking and trying
to conquer your soul. Yes, there are those days when your good foot can’t seem to be gotten on but if
you want a blessing from God you will have to dig some ditches.
Since you know He’s got the whole world in His hands…Dig some ditches
Since you know He’ll make a way out of no way…Dig some ditches
Since goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life…Dig some ditches
Since you are looking to the hills from which cometh your help…Dig some ditches
Since want His will to be done and not your will to be done…Dig some ditches
Since you’re not as smart as you think you are and you know you can’t run this race without Him, why
don’t you get over yourself and…DIG SOME DITCHES!!!
There is more to this word than just that. When we are asking God for a blessing there is some work
that needs to be done but, but in the process of doing what you’re doing, remember that God always
keeps God’s promises. If we look further down in the text we that Elisha told the three kings that “…You
will not see any wind, nether shall ye see rain. Yet that valley shall be filled with water…” Now, when it
appears that God is late, we have forgotten that HE is, always, right on time. When it appears He has
forgotten you, you have forgotten who HE really is. When we are working on man’s time, we forget that
God is working God’s time. If you still don’t believe God, let me call a few people to the witness stand:
Noah was afloat on a boat with nowhere to land but God remembered
Moses was standing in front of a sea with nothing in his hand but a stick and about to go down for the third and final time, but God remembered.
Shadrach, Meshach and, A Bad Negro(Abednego), were about to become toast, but God remembered
Daniel, who sitting in a lion’s den, was surely to become meal for a day, but God remembered
Lazarus was dead for four days but, when Jesus said, “come forth”, God remembered
In other words, God always keeps God’s promises and God always remembers YOU!!!
There is one more thing that we need to realize when we make preparations for our blessing.
Sometimes, there will be some work to be done. When you are doing the work to get the blessing,
remember that God keeps His promises. Once we have done the work and have looked for the promise,
you can expect a change in your atmosphere! Once Israel, Judah, and Edom dug the ditches, and after
the meat offering was made early the next day, there was a change in the atmosphere and the valley
was filled with water. They were able to go and defeat the Moabites once the Moabites saw that the
valley looked as red as blood. They got the blessing that they needed because there was preparation
The preparation was made when Isaiah said: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The preparation was made when Isaiah foretold of John the Baptist when he said: The voice of him
that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway
for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the
crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
The preparation was made when Jesus said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my sprit…”
But the Blessing came when Jesus stood on resurrection ground with all power in His hands!!
We have to remember that when we want a blessing from God we need to make preparations for the
blessing because God is still in the blessing business…