‘An Easy thing in the eyes of the Lord ‘
Character in a time of crisis ( Day 27)
“This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.” 2 Kings 3:18
We can at times find ourselves facing situations which are so overwhelming, so difficult, that we think God Himself couldn’t turn things around. We find ourselves just now as a world in entirely uncharted waters. Nothing has prepared us adequately for coping with life during a global pandemic. However, thankfully God has a different perspective from ours. Where we see only impossibilities and problems, these things are an easy or a light thing ( ESV) in the eyes of the Lord.
What we see in this story in 1 Kings 3 is God showing our mountains to be His molehills! Or if we think of it from a human perspective the thing that might trouble a young child, will not most of the time trouble that child’s parents. The big thing that is proving so difficult for an older person is easy for a young fit, mobile person.
To cut a very long story short, in this account the neighbouring nation of Moab has rebelled against Israel. Moab were distant relatives of Israel through Abraham’s nephew Lot ( see Genesis 19:37). Relations were however poor through the generations between the two peoples. See Numbers 22-25, Judges 3, Judges 11, 2 Samuel 8, 1 Kings 11. It was because of the Moabites defeat by King David that they were now subject to Israel. Yet they rebelled during the reign of Joram, the son of King Ahab. To meet this challenge Israel allied with the neighbouring kingdoms of Edom and Judah lead by the godly king Jehoshaphat. After assembling an expeditionary force to meet the challenge of the Moabites, they found after seven days that there was no water for the army or horses ( verse 9).
Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have stated that an army marches on its stomach. Without provisions and supply lines, an army is in danger. Without water, an army is dead! We will think tomorrow more of the response of these three kings to this crisis. But what about Elisha?
We have to notice ( in verse 18) that in the first place, Elisha doesn’t say that it is an easy thing for him. He is just the messenger. Elisha is admitting as Joseph and Daniel did before him that what might be impossible for people is possible for God. The word of the Lord through Elisha is that” This is an easy thing in my eyes. “Our mountains are God’s molehills.
God says ( verses 16 -17)
” You won’t see wind or rain, but you’ll have plenty of water, for you, your cattle It is just trivial matter for me, and I will hand Moab over to you too.
It does take faith to recognise that nothing is too hard for the Lord.
It takes faith to believe that God is true to His word and that God won’t go back on His word
Mal 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out such a blessing that you will not have room for it’.
Zech 4:6-7 “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
‘Who are you, O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel, you shall become a plain!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26