King Ahab died, and his son Jehoram took the throne. While not as evil as his parents Ahab and Jezebel (having put an end to Baal worship), King Jehoram was still evil in the sight of the Lord because he continued in the sins of Jereboam (vs. 3). He continued the worship of the golden calves set up in Dan and Bethel.
Incomplete obedience to God is still disobedience.
The king of Moab stopped paying his tribute once Ahab died, and rebelled against King Jehoram. King Jehoram numbered his army, then enlisted the help of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. They passed through the wilderness of Edom, and gained the support of the King of Edom as well.
After seven days of marching, they are out of water and fearing defeat. King Jehoram despairs. King Jehoshaphat asks if there are any prophets of the Lord. A servant mentions Elisha, and King Jehoshaphat commends him. The three kings then seek Elisha.
Elisha responds less than favorably to King Jehoram (the King of Israel and son of Ahab)–“What have I to do with you? Go to your false prophets.” A fitting rebuke to one who has only sought God now that he is in crisis. King Jehoram responds in meekness and humility, “Please do not say so, we are all three in danger of destruction at the hand of the King of Moab.”
Elisha then, for the sake of Jehoshaphat, agrees to seek the Lord for them. He calls a musician (interesting to note the important connection here between music and preparing one’s heart to hear from the Lord). As the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha.
God answers and promises water. They were dying of thirst. God promises to meet their needs. “This is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord.” Meeting these, their most dire needs is easy for God! God promises not only to provide water to meet their needs, but also to use this water deceive the enemy and miraculously bring about a great victory.
God is able to do all things! He meets needs that cause us to despair. He brings victory when defeat seems certain. And all of this is easy for God. Nothing is too difficult for Him.
How is your relationship with God? Do you seek him, like King Jehoram, only when you are in danger? Only when you feel like you have no other options? Or do you, like Jehoshaphat, genuinely walk with God? God is able to meet your needs, God is able to provide victory. God wants you to walk with Him–to have a genuine relationship with Him both in times of blessing and in times of need. The reality is we are always in need of Him. We must have a genuine relationship with the God who provides.