Have you ever gotten yourself in a mess and needed the LORD to INTERVENE? God’s powerful hand can come in and prevent your dominoes from falling. I need Him to do that right now! How about you? To INTERVENE means to come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events; to occur as a delay or obstacle to something being done; to interrupt. One definition is to be situated between things; in this case, God situating Himself between me and the consequences of a not too great decision. There are times when we need Divine Intervention. I had to settle down to pray about it versus panicking. That’s exactly what God wants us to do. So today you have Wednesday’s Word and Wednesday’s Prayer all wrapped up in one.
In 2 Kings 6:1-7, the followers of the prophet Elisha traveled to the Jordan River to get some logs and make themselves a shelter. They started to cut down trees, and the ax head of one of the disciples fell off of its handle and sank into the water. Not only had he lost the instrument he was using to cut down the trees for their shelter; he had also borrowed the ax from someone and now would have to repay the debt
and suffer the shame of the loss and potential slavery for repayment. 6“The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed Elisha the place, Elisha cut off a piece of wood. He threw it into the water at that place and made the ax head float. 7 Elisha said, “Pick it up.” The disciple reached for it and picked it up.” God, through Elisha, miraculously intervened to save the man from debt and embarrassment and ensured that the prophet and his company had lodging. Ax heads are usually made of stone or metal…but God made it float…doing the impossible to rescue one of His servants.
When we’re in trouble, how often is a prayer or a request for Divine Intervention our first option? We know God sees the trouble we’re in…even if that trouble is from what financial guru Dave Ramsey calls, “Stupid Tax.” (which is NOT always financial). But have we even asked the LORD to do anything about the trouble we’ve gotten ourselves in? Psalm 46:1 tells us that, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble.” James 5:13 asks, “Is any of you afflicted? (suffering hardships or trouble) Let them pray.” What are we praying for? For the LORD to intervene, to right the wrong, to forgive our sin, or even our stupidity, and to alter the course of events so that the blow of our mistake won’t be quite so harmful. Our weaknesses and faults are clear for us to see. We may have messed up royally, but LORD right now, please INTERVENE! in Jesus’ name!