The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water.
When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border. And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood. And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!” But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them. And they went forward, striking the Moabites as they went. And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it. II Kings 3:20-25 ESV
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. Psalm 188:5-7 ESV
Have you ever heard of a fata morgana? Fata morganas are something like super-mirages, and they sometimes happen over large bodies of water when the air above the water is warmer than the water is. This makes light waves bend, and plays tricks on your brain. People who have seen a fata morgana have seen strange walls of water in the middle of the ocean or even ghost ships and cities in the air. These things aren’t real, but just a trick of light and hot and cold air on people’s brains. A fata morgana is an example of an optical illusion, which means something that your brain sees that isn’t really there.
God helped the thirsty armies and animals who were out in the wilderness, just as Elisha had said. He miraculously sent them water which filled up the whole country! Meanwhile, the king of Moab had assembled all his soldiers at the border of his country. They saw the morning sun shining red on the water, and they thought it was blood! It was only water, but the sun made it look red, and the Moabites thought all the armies gathered to fight them had fought and killed each other instead. God used this trick of light to draw the armies of Moab into battle, and just like he promised, the armies of Israel, Judah, and Edom defeated Moab and won a great victory over that country.
We were under the power of sin and death, and needed to be rescued. When Jesus died on the cross for us, it looked like he had lost the battle with death and all the forces of evil. The devil and his angels were sure they had won. But it was really kind of like a trick. Jesus’ death was really his victory over death. He rose again on the third day and defeated sin, death, and the devil. Jesus won the battle once and for all with everything that could hurt us, and we can be sure that he is able to help us and be with us no matter what. Jesus is with us all though our lives and will continue to be with us forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for winning the victory for us by your death and resurrection, and for being with us always. Amen.