Pamplin Media Group – Faith in time of drought

If you do the possible, God will take care of the impossible; faith is more than just a prayer

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brian CarmackII Kings 3:15-17 “Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, ‘Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.'”

We live in a thirsty land. Just last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor moved about 80% of Crook County from the “Extreme Drought” category to the highest level, the “Exceptional Drought” category. Hay cuttings are yielding much less than in previous years. Wells have run dry throughout the county. Ochoco Reservoir is sitting at 12%, and Prineville Reservoir is at 36%, the inflow for both is at 0 CFS. Most would agree, we are in a severe drought.

Imagine traveling through a wilderness for seven days with no place to replenish your water supply. That’s the situation in which three kings, three armies, and one prophet found themselves. II Kings chapter three portrays a story of extreme thirst. Our Associate Pastor, Lyndle DeCamp, shared from this passage this past Sunday at Eastside Church. I want to share a few of his points and add a few of my own. In many ways, this is where Crook County is today.

As Elisha was praying and a harp was playing, God spoke very clearly to this Old Testament prophet: “… make this valley full of ditches …” The men and animals were desperately thirsty. I would think that digging ditches was the last thing that they would want to do. Yet, they obeyed the command of the Lord. In II Kings 3:20, we see God responding to the kings’ obedience: “Now it happened in the morning, that suddenly water came by way of Edom, and the land was filled with water.”

Look at the dry valley of your life and ask God, “What kind of ditches would you like me to be digging?” As you partner with God, you doing the possible, he will take care of the impossible. As we look at our dry county, let’s ask Jesus, “what can we do to partner with God in providing for the needs of this community?” I know of some who are reaching out to those whose wells have run dry, seeking to provide care and resource. I know of people who are cutting back on watering their yard so as to ensure water for their neighbors. I know of farmers sharing water with their struggling neighbors. I know of many who are praying for rain.

Will we allow this drought to make us more inward-focused, or will we step out in faith and give to others even in our time of need? In Luke 6:38, we see that in giving, we receive. Years ago, on an outreach to Costa Rica, we saw families who were impoverished giving to their neighbors. In those acts of giving, God stepped in to provide for their needs.

Do you have a drought situation in your life? Maybe the need isn’t physical water, but you have a need that only God can fill. Faith is more than just a prayer. James 2:17 says, “… faith by itself if it does not have works, is dead.” Faith in times of drought requires action. God takes care of the “impossible” when we listen, obey, and take care of the “possible.” Pastor Lyndle told us on Sunday, “Go back to the last thing that God told you to do and make sure it has been completed.”

Brian Carmack serves as lead pastor at Eastside Church in Prineville. For those with questions or comments, he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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