BIBLE READING: 1 Ti. 3: 11 - 13 11 In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. 12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. 13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
BLOG: There is a story in 2 Kings where King Jorham and King Jehoshaphat march their armies into the desert of Edom. The neighboring kingdom of Moab was rebelling, and it needed to be dealt with.
But after being in the desert for seven days, they ran out of water. What were they do to? So the kings consulted with the prophet Elisha. He said in 2 Kings 3:16 . . . Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. (KJV)
In the morning, they got up, and the ditches were full of water. They refreshed themselves and went on to defeat Moab.
But there is a lesson to learn here. You can find yourself digging ditches in the desert. You don't know why other than, "God said so." You may have run out of money, time or resources, and you're thinking, "It's over, and I'm going to die here." But God has a plan.
By faith, dig some ditches. I don't know if you've ever dug a ditch, but I have. I can tell you it's hard work.
Loving those you seem unlovable is hard work.
Keeping your tongue in check is hard work.
Staying faithful when it seems all is lost is hard work.
Waiting on God is hard work.
Believing in others when they don't believe in your is hard work.
But keep digging ditches. God will reward your faithfulness. He will never forget you.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I'm digging ditches for you to fill by faith. AMEN