“Just for you.”
We say that all the time. And often we do things individually for our favorite people. Others can benefit too. One does not have to be stingy with helping. Prayers are most powerful too. Forgiveness too should be given out as widely as possible and as specific as necessary.
God does that for us too. Forgiveness, and especially gives us (and Himself) TIME. I feel He slows time or speeds it up. I know He seeks each one of us “just for us” – which is good! He helps us so we can help others – which is even better. He makes us stewards of wisdom as well as resources. Yet there are things only God can provide, including the knowledge of why. WHY does God give us these things? Because He loves us.
In Elisha’s time, God answered a question of Jehoshaphat, who looked towards God for help. They were out of water and knew the Lord had brought them together for a battle. Prophet Elisha said he would not normally help them out, but only because Jehoshaphat asked upon God. Elisha did a “just for you” moment but that rippled into helping a whole other battle. Elisha got himself into a mental state to consult the Lord. (Elisha called for a harp, we too have to find the moments that we can listen for God.) Elijah was able to answer that the Lord would send water (needed for the animals, His creatures) and that was “an easy thing” for the Lord. Obviously the Lord intended this water to work even more in this battle. The scripture (posted below) has an exclamation point for the amazing way the Lord filled the land with water without rain! This water was also sent as a diversion to help the kings win the war.
Elisha was known for his dutiful work to Elijah, the mentor and great prophet. Water is something he would pour in Elijah’s hands, that’s how the kings identified him. Water is the most necessary physical need. Water is how Jesus describes Himself, as Living Water. Water gives life and washes us clean. The water comes as a solution to sin, war, strife. And the water, Jesus, comes to be that solution ever so sharp as a sword, dividing, conquering and ready for the ultimate battle. Water can cut thru a canyon of rock, smooth stones, given enough time. Living Water of Jesus wins our wars, in His Time.
In this battle for Jehoshaphat, the water shone like blood to the other side’s warriors (Moabites) who would eventually be defeated. The same water that fed the animals also became the force that changed the direction of a whole army just by its presence. Jesus does this too, changes the people of the world just by His presence, within them He wins the war by washing. Spread over us, His water appears as blood, appears as a clean slate to God and we are saved in salvation. Jesus forgive us.
Today, many don’t know this. Many are fighting wars as pawns they don’t realize they are being. Diversion, distractions and separation are rooted in evil. Many are drawing sides against their own families and friends without even knowing. Jesus forgive us all.
God, we hope You send water not to solve the problems in this world by flood, You will never do that again, but just as Jesus asked the Lord God, Our Father, to wash clean those who did not know what they did when turning against Him, we ALSO ask for You to wash Your Forgiveness over all. We can be hand washers too like Elisha, we can help pray the blood of Jesus over our friends and family and folks we don’t know. All they will hopefully notice is this pool of Living Water rising up within them. Without wind or rain, Jesus will win their war “Just for them.” Let us pray all will notice that the Lord washes us clean. Jesus, for You we are thankful.
Just for you. Just for me. Just for all.
Jesus for you. Jesus for me. Jesus for all.
Forgiveness in Jesus is the best Flow of His Living Water.
2nd Kings 3
Joram son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.
Now Mesha king of Moab raised sheep, and he had to pay the king of Israel a tribute of a hundred thousand lambs and the wool of a hundred thousand rams. But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel. He also sent this message to Jehoshaphat king of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?”
“I will go with you,” he replied. “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
“By what route shall we attack?” he asked.
“Through the Desert of Edom,” he answered. So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them.
“What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?”
But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”
An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.”
Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.”
Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you. But now bring me a harpist.”
While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha and he said, “This is what the Lord says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. 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. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.”
The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border. When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red—like blood. “That’s blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and slaughtered each other. Now to the plunder, Moab!”
But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. They destroyed the towns, and each man threw a stone on every good field until it was covered. They stopped up all the springs and cut down every good tree. Only Kir Hareseth was left with its stones in place, but men armed with slings surrounded it and attacked it.
When the king of Moab saw that the battle had gone against him, he took with him seven hundred swordsmen to break through to the king of Edom, but they failed. Then he took his firstborn son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him as a sacrifice on the city wall. The fury against Israel was great; they withdrew and returned to their own land.