Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Warfare Wednesday: The Oil Edition

"The men of the city said to Elisha, "Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive."

20 "Bring me a new bowl," he said, "and put salt in it." So they brought it to him.

21 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, "This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.' " 22 And the water has remained wholesome to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken."

2 Kings 2:19-22

God can heal the water in the ocean. God can fix the massive oil spill that every day is pumping thousands and thousands of gallons into the sea. I don't think it was any accident that I was led to these verses in the Bible today, because it's an example of God doing that very thing- of healing water of impurities that make it unfit for anything. Every day as I check in with the news it seems that more and more people are getting angry about the spill- and instead of getting angry and trying to place blame, I say that we need to turn to the only One who can fix the spill in the first place. Oh, just think about the example for the whole world should a miracle happen in the gulf! I was reading something yesterday where someone said that maybe you are the person God is waiting for to pray about the oil spill, and then He will intervene and do something about it. Maybe if enough of us ask, He will respond, and we can watch Him work in a mighty and wonderful way.

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

This oil spill could affect every single ocean on this earth. The way the currents and flows work in the water, there isn't a place on earth where the oil will not spread to and cause some kind of damage. Besides the obvious damage to the ecosystems in the ocean, there's the damage to the land along the way- the many beaches already closed because of oil are just one small example. Just think of what could happen if this oil spill, which is meant for harm, was used for good? We saw Elisha above adding salt to bad water to cleanse it along with the Word of the Lord. The ocean is already salt water, maybe all it needs is the Word of God to restore it and bring it back to good health. God can do it!

So this week, as we continue to pray for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and other governmental people as they come to mind, we pray for God's interference with the oil spill. God has the answers, and may we all turn to Him to find them.

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