And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
God never promises to make it easy. He simply promises to follow through on His promises. Now that the heart of the people had left the false God Baal, God was ready to end the drought. One thing still remained–Elijah had to release the rain. So, from the same Mount Carmel, Elijah began to pray. He sent his servant out seven times to see if God answered; and then, on the 7th time a tiny cloud appeared. Elijah knew that tiny cloud meant big things were ahead. So, Elijah warned the king and then took off and met Ahab at the gates of Jezreel. The author pens la perfect quote–“And there was a great rain!” What a reminder that God does not do just OK!
God appreciates righteousness. He also rewards tenacity. Like Elijah, sometimes we have to keep praying to unleash God’s power. It may seem like God is not listening, but–sometimes God needs our patience to fully complete His plan for our lives. Additionally, what starts out to be “a small cloud” can easily turn into a “great rain” if we will simply wait on the Lord. We can never lose hope nor admit defeat. We have read the end of the book, and yes, we win!!! Pray without ceasing. Wait upon our Lord to complete HIS plan for our lives. If we can do that, history tells us that we can expect “A Great Rain”!!!
God Bless You