From Nothing To A Small Cloud And To A Mighty Rain
1 Kings 18:41-46 NLT
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”
42 So Ahab went to eat and drink. But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees.
43 Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look.
44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!”
45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel.
46 Then the LORD gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.
Further Study: Hebrews 11:1 (CEV); 2 James 2:14-17 (GNT)
The weather recently has been extremely warm and humid. The heat and the humidity have caused much discomfort as we moved in the open. I cannot imagine the rest of the days without the rain. The drought was into its third year and the famine had become very severe under the reign of King Ahab. Those days certainly were days of suffering for the people.
Interestingly, Elijah told Ahab that he heard a mighty rainstorm coming. The land was parched with barrenness; the air was dry and sun rays scorching. There were no signs of rain. Yet, Elijah told Ahab that he could hear the sound of abundant rain. On what basis, did Elijah make this statement? It is FAITH! Faith is anticipation. Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. Though, there weren’t any physical signs of rain, it was the faith of Elijah that caused him to be sure of the coming rain.
Faith is also perseverance. Elijah went up to Mount Carmel to pray, he told his servant to go and look out to the sea for the rain. The servant went and looked; he came back and reported that he saw nothing. Elijah told him to go a second time. The servant came back with the same reply. Elijah did not give up but persistently sent his servant to watch for the rain. He did this for seven times. At the seventh time, the servant finally saw something. He saw a cloud as small as the size of a man’s fist coming from the sea. Faith has kept them going. Elijah did not give up but continue in anticipation of GOD’s miracle.
Therefore, our faith in GOD must not waver. We must believe and persevere in our anticipation of GOD’s miracles in our lives and in our church. We must not look at the situations and admit defeat. On the other hand, we must strengthen our faith and continue to anticipate in faith for GOD to demonstrate His miracles. We have to look beyond the present and persistently do what is required while waiting in anticipation for GOD’s miracles.
For the Bible says, faith without actions is dead. Elijah had faith that the rain would come but he did not sit and do nothing. He went up to the mount and prayed. While waiting for GOD to release His miracles into our church and into our lives, we must not stop what we must do. We must continue to share the gospel, reach out to those in need, pray unceasingly, disciple and teach the Word. As we do so and persist in faith, the cloud that is as small as the size of our palm will very soon turn into a great rain before our eyes.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I give You thanks for all the circumstances. I am exercising my faith to see Your miracles in these circumstances. The abundance of rain is certainly round the corner and I believe in You. I am not focusing my eyes on what is before me but on You the Giver of all things. Nothing is impossible for You and today, I choose to trust and have faith in You. In Jesus’ name Amen.”