November 7, 2015 by Dr. Q
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. v.36
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, v. 42
And 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. v. 43
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. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. v. 44
This story remains one of my favorite passages to study. It is faithful to reveal much to us about God’s character and our relationship to Him. As I read this passage, I wrote down a question and listened for clarity.
Why are you still in a drought?
Could it be that you are wavering between two? In order to experience the rain of God, we have to believe and not doubt. We must be fully committed to taking a stand for him, and trusting Him to come through in the tough times we face.
It is note worthy to show how God showed up during the show down. Maybe we have to be willing to participate in the show down. The show down involves a choice. Its the choice to stand for God in the face of Baal and all that worship him.
In order to experience His rain, we have to willing to take a risk. Too often, we want God do give us things without risk. We want the safe bet. We want to gain the prominence that comes with success and achievement, but don’t want to take the risk of failing and or looking foolish in the process. We must be willing and able to risk what we already value to gain what we currently lack and desire for our future.
To get the rain, we also must listen to God and follow His directions. This can be challenging for many, because we have our own ideas and plans as to how things should come about. With God, we must understand that we haven’t His mind, and will find ourselves at times not in agreement and or understanding why He will things to be. Even still, we must follow His directions, knowing that He will receive our sacrifice.
The sound he described to Ahab was in the Spirit. He spoke the sound of rain long before there was a manifestation of it. He didn’t just hear the sound and then keep it to himself. He spoke up and shared what he heard in faith that God would get the glory and Ahab would be convinced and convicted. To experience God’s rain, we must be willing to speak in faith!
He also spoke with authority! He believed with every fiber of his being that God would honor His request. He knew God was with him and that God was for him. We too must believe and must speak with authority. We can end the famines in our lives by speaking their end and our harvest begin.
He was also willing to pray. Not just pray, but he continued in prayer with fasting. He was also diligent in prayer, willing to tarry until God sent the rain. We must grow in prayer to experience the rain. We must be willing to sit with God until he moves or removes!