1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”
One disappointing thing I experienced in school was writing an essay only to be told I missed the whole point. All the work done, hours spent in writing only to miss the whole point. If you were to be asked to write a report or an essay about the year we just concluded, would you miss the whole point in reflecting about your life and what you encountered? When I missed the point, the only way to escape it was to do it again and get it right. If you missed the whole point of last year in your life and its challenges, you may have to repeat the class in the new year, I hope you do not.
Elijah in 1Kings proclaims a drought for three years. This began a series of miracles to demonstrate to the people who the true God is. There was Yahweh the Almighty God and Baal additional false gods the Israelites were worshipping. Israelites had mixed worship of both, moving away from serving the only God to serving other gods alongside Almighty God. They did not deny God; they denied serving Him whole-heartedly. During the drought, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal in the presence of all the Israelites 1Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him”.
The past year was a year of drought for a number too and I believe it came about to remind people who God is and turn to Him. I believe most people still missed the whole point by their speech and actions. I do not recall many people drawing to God or even calling on God. This drought had been a reminder that things people hold onto firmly like finances can tank in hours, days, weeks or even months. It had been a reminder, and while it was a drought that affected us mostly physically; I would say it was also an avenue by which God would use to bring about a spiritual hunger for Him.
If you were to write an essay about last year for yourself, what would you say? In my case I would say it was a very enriching year for me spiritually in regards to praying effectively, being in the word, teaching. Yes, it was a very difficult year for us with sicknesses, some family setbacks and deaths in the family, but I did not miss the dynamics brought about by the drought. It has been a pruning process and the pruning can be hard and painful but the results are amazing.
It is in the drought that God demonstrated to the Israelites that He was the only true God to be worshipped and trusted. It is in the drought that God demonstrated to the people that faith of one man, standing firm righteously can make a change when their trust is the Lord. It is in the drought that God demonstrated that He could sustain; He sustained both Elijah and Zeraphath woman as recorded. It is in the drought that they saw God. Reflect on how God worked in your life in the drought and project the new year by faith. To continue. Blessings Ev