The scene set in 2 Kings Chapter 3 is rather bleak. Moab had rebelled against Israel. King Joram joined forces with King Jehoshaphat to squash the Moabite rebellion.
As they decide on a battle plan to march through the desert of Edom to attack the enemy, they find themselves in the middle of a drought.
What started as a battle march has now turned into a snare for the armies for Israel and Judah. Both their men and their animals are on the verge of being destroyed even before facing their foe in Moab.
“What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” 2 Kings 3 : 10
It is interesting to note that Jehoshaphat starts looking for a prophet of the Lord amid this predicament. On finding Elisha, the instruction from the man of God is simple. The army was to dig in the middle of an arid valley.
"Dig here," He said.
and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water.17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 2 Kings 3 : 16 - 17
Often the word of the Lord compels us to do deeds that seem hopeless at best. Digging in a dry place is almost useless if you are looking for water. But the Lord reminds us in this passage, that the nourishment of waters is neither from the winds or the rains. The Lord himself will supply our needs.
Digging is tough when we are tired and exhausted. The Prophecy may not always be soothing to our ears, but simple acts of obedience often lead to great miracles.
If you will continue to dig a little more, pray more fervently, praise more joyously, you will wake up to see the ditches you made filled with heavenly provisions.
Whatever your valley may be, keep digging. The longer we persevere, the greater the reward will be.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9