Waiting on the Rain
The Bible says in 1 Kings 17 that Elijah told King Ahab there would be a drought that would only end when he said it would. There was a great famine because of the drought so God ordered Elijah to hide by the brook and the birds would feed him there day and night as he drank from the brook. Eventually the brook dried up and God told him to go to Zarephath where a widow woman would feed him during the famine. In chapter 18, God told Elijah in the third year of the drought to go show himself unto Ahab and tell him that the Lord was finally going to send rain. After they met, Ahab gathered all of his prophets to Mount Carmel and Elijah challenged him and all of the prophets to prove whose God was the true God. The challenge was to see whose God would answer the call of burning up the sacrifice. The prophets of Baal chanted from morning to noon but their sacrifice did not burn. But when Elijah set his sacrifice before the Lord he prayed and fire fell from the Lord and the fire licked up all the burnt sacrifice. The people were convinced and confessed the Lord is God. Then in 1 Kings 18: 43-44 it says “Elijah said to his servant, go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, there is nothing. And he said, go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea like a man’s hand.” The rain was coming! Are you waiting on God’s rain or answer? God wants us to be persistent and obedient, so don’t give up. Keep looking for the rain!
By: Elton Gingerich