The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 4of4, 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

It is hard to understand God’s ways but He sure can be trusted. I do not think Elijah expected the blessing of the rain to delay, after all, he called on God earlier for fire and from heaven it immediately came. Waiting for the rain appeared to be taking long. He could not doubt God’s Word to make it happen. He had enough trust in God to take Him at His Word. Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”, Romans 3:4, “…let God be true but every man a liar”. When you know God’s ways rather than His works, you can choose to trust when it does not make sense, when it is not clear or even when things seem delayed. God can be trusted.

Like Elijah, I hear the sound of abundance of rain in this year, the reason I am on my knees praying. I have no idea what kind of rain God will send my way or when, but I will continue to trust Him even when I do not understand. We see Elijah sending his servant to check on the promised rain 6 times. Who knows if his servant wondered, “What is the use of checking on something that is not there”. On the seventh time, Elijah gets a report of , “I see a cloud as small as a man’s hands in the rising from the sea”. Imagine for a second the man of God expecting abundance of rain to fall on the land, after several checking it yields a small cloud like man’s hands. He was not discouraged; he knew God had answered his prayers. It was small yet significant. The little is the confirmation he needed.

Great blessings often arise from small beginnings, and showers of plenty from a cloud of a span long. Let us therefore never despise the days of small things, but hope and wait for great things from it. Small beginnings are like seeds; they do not look much but have potential of producing much. It is with the little that we see and thank God for, we trust as it unfolds while we grow in it and through it.

I am learning more and more that it is not when you have it all together that you move or when you see the big picture that you act. It is in the process of taking those small steps day by day that the Lord unfolds what He is doing and wants to do in your life. Ecclesiastes 11:4, “He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap”. You make those small steps by faith having fireproofed your faith through prayer and the word.

While some are promising that it is going to be a great year (as they always do every year), I would say it could be a great year if we heed to God’s call. Let us go back to basics, prayer and the word; may God repair those who need repairing; May we remember God wills then waits. Elijah told Ahab to run home for it was going to rain and it did. Summary on the series is 2Chronicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. God can be trusted; He never fails. Blessings Ev

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