Then Elijah said to King Ahab, “Now go eat and drink. A heavy rain is coming.” So King Ahab went to eat. At the same time Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel. At the top of the mountain, Elijah bent down. He put his head between his knees. Then Elijah said to his servant, “Go up higher and look toward the sea.”
The servant went and looked. He came back and said, “I saw nothing.” Elijah told him to go look again. This happened seven times. The seventh time, the servant came back and said, “I saw a small cloud the size of a man’s fist that was coming in from the sea.”
Elijah told the servant, “Go tell King Ahab to get his chariot ready and go home now. If he does not leave now, the rain will stop him.” After a short time the sky was covered with dark clouds. The wind began to blow, and a heavy rain began to fall. Ahab got in his chariot and started back to Jezreel. I Kings 18:41-45 ERV
Where are our men and women of faith? Faith to believe that God is a God of His Word and will do what He’s said He will do. We have lost our ability to really see. We look only in the natural and have become lazy in developing our faith. We must not lose hope! Faith is knowing that what’s been promised will without a doubt manifest, not in our timing, but when God gets the most benefit from it. We see only our own needs, He sees the multitudes.
Let’s look at Elijah in the story above; He declared to the king that rain was coming. When we hear from God, we tend to hide it, not speaking of it for fear people will think we’re crazy, but declare it we must. That is the first key to truly realizing the promise.
Secondly, he got on his face before God and prayed. He didn’t send his servant once, then get up and say, “Well then, guess I missed it.” No, he sent him 7 times until his servant came back with a report of a very small cloud.
Lastly but certainly not least, he sent his servant to instruct the king that he needed to leave before the rain stopped him. He didn’t say, ‘Let’s wait till we see a few more clouds and then tell the king,’ no, he was that sure of the Word God had given him. He declared it in the beginning what would happen, prayed, then declared it again at the end.
Some of us are holding onto a promise, and still wondering. Well wonder no more. Scoop up your faith in God, if you’ve lost it, begin to read stories like this one and tell yourself that God doesn’t do for one and not for another. It’s the enemy that tries to steal, kill and destroy. Hold on tight to your confidence in Gods ability to do far more then your tiny mind can imagine. He’s a faithful Father. What He says, He will do!
Be Attentive to the Word,