The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 3of4, Evans Olang

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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.” 

Law-and-grace

In reforming the Israelites by first rebuilding the broken altar, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal and Asherah to prove to the entire crowd the true God. Fire fell on Elijah’s sacrifice upon seeking God. Note the order, before God showered them with blessings, Elijah offered an excellent sacrifice that pleased the Lord. We seek to please God first (Psalm 103:1, Matthew 6:33) while we trust God to shower us with blessings too. Let us give Him what He requires of us.

Abel and Cain offered sacrifices to God. God had respect for Abel’s sacrifice rejecting Cain’s. God did not leave them to figure out what He desired of them, He told them what was pleasing to Him. Here is how we know, Genesis 4:6-7, “6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?”(NIV). Abel offered his sacrifice by faith so did Elijah and God had respect for both sacrifices. We need to learn more and more what the Lord requires and offer it by faith. How to please the Lord is revealed and instructed in His Word, it is then fueled and powered by faith in God. Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”

We see that upon demonstrating the true God to all, Elijah ordered the false prophets be destroyed at his command. This prepared the way for what the Lord was about to do. Back in the day, false prophets were killed if their prophesies did not come true. As Matthew Henry says, “Israel being thus far reformed acknowledged the Lord to be God, and had consented to the execution of Baal’s prophets, that they might not seduce them anymore, though this was far short of a thorough reformation, yet it was so far accepted that God thereupon opened the windows of heaven, and poured out blessings.”

Elijah sent Ahab to eat and drink, for joy that God had now accepted his works, and that rain was coming. It was time to rejoice for the Lord was about to release His blessings. And Elijah, by faith, heard the sound of abundance of rain. He retired himself to pray while waiting for the rain by faith. He cast himself down on his knees upon the earth, in token of humility, reverence, and importunity, and put his face between his knees. He ordered his servant to bring him notice as soon as he discerned a cloud arising. Six times his servant went to check and six times he brought no good news. Elijah continued to pray not losing faith because God had promised. “Though the answer of our fervent and believing supplications may not come quickly, yet we must continue instant in prayer and not faint nor desist; for at the end it shall speak and not lie.

God wills then waits for His people to respond in prayers. God had promised Elijah drought would end however Elijah had a job to do, pray the blessing through. Those who desire the abundance of rain will have faith, seek God fervently in prayer, and patiently wait until He has moved. Those who do this would have no room for discouragement, for they will understand they are in God’s perfect will, 1Thessalonian 5:16-18, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”, To finish, Blessings Ev

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