This history reveals the decay, the entropy at work in human society, which is the result of sin. When a strong leader dies, everything can fall apart. Jehoshaphat gets involved because he allied his family with Ahab’s. Godly people are capable of great foolishness. Joram heard Elisha, saw what happened, and yet did not come to believe.
This passage is a good reminder of the limitations we often place on our prayers.
Jehoram, the son of Ahab, was like his father, doing evil in the sight of the Lord. But it seems he still believed in God (v10, 13).
Elisha gives a clear word in v18, of bringing up water for them (how many times has the Lord provided water for His people!), “This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD.”
We are to be encouraged to ask God for what is harder-won, spiritual realities and blessings. The salvation of our family and friends – The living water that can only be found in Jesus! (John 4)