The Lord's Victory
2 Kings 3:21-2721 When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border. 22 And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood. 23 And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!” 24 But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them. And they went forward, striking the Moabites as they went. 25 And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it. 26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him 700 swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom, but they could not. 27 Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.
When the Lord promises victory, He provides it. Throughout the Old Testament, we see story after story where God miraculously provides a victory without His people even having to raise a sword. Again we are remined that God is ever able to work His will without our intervention. Too often we believe God needs our help. God needs nothing; especially our "help". Don't confuse "help" with relationship. God does want an intimate relationship with us, and because of that, He works with us.
When given the opportunity, my grandson loves to help me vacuum, cook, fold laundry . . . And I love to have his "help." But that doens't mean I don't have to assist him, show him how, and later go back and do it over. God is like that parent, patiently teaching us how, guiding our hands, and later going back and making everything better. When the three kings were instructing their men to dig those pools they could have never in their wildest imaginations envisioned the victory that would be handed to them because of some standing water! When we allow God to actually take over and work His miracles things happen that we could never even imagine. Who, in their craziest moments, could have envisioned the Son of God bleeding for the sins of the world? None of us. And yet that is what God did for us while we were still toddling around in our sin. His way is always remarkable, miraculous, and complete. We need nothing more.