A “Light Thing” to the Lord

And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.  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.  And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

II Kings 3:16-18

“No big deal”.  What would we be willing to describe as “no big deal”?  I’m sure that there are a number of things that we could do with relative ease.  We do hundreds of things every day without even thinking about them.  But this passage tells us something that God did that He said was “but a light thing in the sight of the Lord”.

In verse 16, Elisha tells the people to dig a bunch of ditches in a valley because the Lord was not going to send wind or rain.  And without wind or rain, the people would have to depend on the water that would fill the ditches in the valley for all of their drinking and all of their animals’ drinking.  That, in itself, is quite a prophecy and quite a miracle.

How often do we complain about or worry about the weather?  The weather is one of those things that every one of us, either directly or indirectly, is dependent upon.  I live in the Midwest with a bunch of grumpy farmers, so I hear about the weather quite a bit.  It needs to rain soon…  now it needs to stop raining… it needs to warm up…  now it’s getting too hot…  and on and on.  As dependent on the weather as we can be, did it ever occur to you that not one of can do a single thing about it?

God says He is not going to have the wind blow nor will He allow it to rain.  “And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord.”  Controlling the weather is no big deal to God.  Just to drive the point home to the Israelites, He tells them one more thing after He tells them this: “he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand”.  I like how the Bible words this.  After telling them that stopping the wind and rain would be “but a light thing” to Him, He then adds on that He is going to deliver the Moabites into their hand as well.

What a powerful God we serve!  I’m glad that things that, to me, are impossible, to Him are “but light things”.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I read this exact part of scripture somewhere else today . . .and now I can’t remember where! But I want to hold onto His words of it being but a light thing. 🙂 How encouraging for the things we think are mountainous! Thanks, Ben!


    • Hi Deb- I always think it’s interesting when I come across the same passage of scripture more than once in a day , sometimes in seemingly random places. I always think that means God is definitely trying to tell me something. I am encouraged by thinking about the greatness of God. Sometimes I think it’s good for us to just pause and remember how much higher He is than we are. Burdens that weigh us down are nothing to Him. It is a good thing to remember!


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