OPENING THE TRENCHES

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.17 For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.” (2 Kings 3:16-18).

To human thinking, it was simply impossible, but nothing is hard for God. Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and apparently impossible, the floods came stealing in all night long; and when the morning dawned, those ditches were flooded with the crystal waters, and reflecting the rays of the morning sun from the red hills of Edom.

Our unbelief is always wanting some outward sign. The religion of many is largely sensational, and they are not satisfied with its genuineness without manifestations, etc.; but the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God. So many people do not know the understanding of the move of the Spirit unless there are shouting, dancing and noise. That is not how you prove God. Stand still in awe and see the operation of the Holy Spirit then testify of the goodness of the Lord.

The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” and “Go forward!” As we step out without any sign or sound–not a wave-splash–and wetting our very feet as we take the first step into its waters, still marching on we shall see the sea divide and the pathway open through the very midst of the waters.

If we have seen the miraculous workings of God in some marvellous case of healing or some extraordinary providential deliverance, I am sure the thing that has impressed us most has been the quietness with which it was all done, the absence of everything spectacular and sensational, and the utter sense of nothingness which came to us as we stood in the presence of this mighty God and felt how easy, it was for Him to do it all without the faintest effort on His part or the slightest help on ours.

It is not the part of faith to question, but to obey. The ditches were made, and the water came pouring in from some supernatural source. What a lesson for our faith!

Are you craving a spiritual blessing? Open the trenches, and God will fill them. And this, too, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways. If you open your trenches and believe God to do what He has promised in His word.

Oh, for that faith that can act by faith and not by sight, and expect God to work although we see no wind or rain.

OPENING THE TRENCHES

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