Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Take a moment before you stop today and read 1 Kings 18. It’s the story of the challenge of the prophets of Baal and of the groves, fire raining down on Carmel, slaying 850 false prophets, and rain pouring down to quench a drought. And it all happened in relatively quick order, but it all began with God speaking to Elijah. Now keep the following in mind. King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, hated God and His prophets, and she did all she could do to destroy them. Elijah knew this. He knew of Jezebel’s control and manipulation over Ahab. And yet, at the beginning of chapter 18, the Lord speaks to Elijah to go show himself to King Ahab who hated Elijah with a passion and wanted to kill him. While we know that Elijah was a man of faith, we read later in chapter 19 that he fled from the presence of Jezebel when she ordered his death. Knowing Ahab and Jezebel’s hatred toward him. this call from God to show himself to Ahab had to be a “You talking to me?” moment for Elijah.
But look what happened when obedience to God took precedent over a “You talking to me?” moment for Elijah. He showed himself to Ahab and rebuked him for being the real trouble that was upon Israel. Elijah then called for showdown between Baal and Jehovah. 450 prophets of Baal, and 400 prophets of the grove who served Jezebel were called to the showdown on Mount Carmel. I’m sure you know the story. All the prophets of Baal and of the grove (prophets of Ashtoreth), after hours of crying, praying, screaming, and defiling themselves got no answer from Baal. But then Elijah prayed a 63-word prayer that took about one minute, and the fire of God fell. Israel turned back to Jehovah. Elijah slew all the false prophets. Ahab returned to his residence, perhaps to sulk and lick his wounds. Elijah went to the top of Carmel, sat down, and waited upon the Lord. In his spirit, he had heard the sound of abundance of rain, and after three and one-half years, the rain came. Then Elijah outran Ahab’s chariot to the gates of Jezreel, a supernatural feat in its own rite.
Do you see it? Using his faith to obey God in a “You talking to me?” moment brought a marvelous series of supernatural events in relatively rapid succession, not to mention breaking a three and one-half year-drought. Prepare your heart, my friend. I believe we are coming to a season in which the supernatural power of God will be manifest greatly, and in rapid succession for those who, in their “You talking to me?” moments, step out in faith and obey the Lord. I believe I hear the sound of abundance of rain.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4