I Kings 18:41-46
41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43 And 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 it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was 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 girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
Every time, the Lord wants to do something major in a believer’s life, He would give him an inkling, especially if the believer is a praying one who spends time in the Word. The words abundance, overflow, more than enough, have been on my heart for almost three years. In recent times, it has been very strong. But like Elijah, who was hearing the sound of abundance, the skies were so clear. There was no indication that rain would fall.
But he did not give up. He sent his servant seven times to look out for the cloud. He came back six times without seeing anything. Yet he sent him back one last seventh time. And finally he saw something. Yet there was a ‘but’- it was a small cloud, the size of a man’s fist. What was that compared to the abundance Elijah was expecting. But he saw it as the signal he was looking for- a small cloud.
I look at my circumstances and I see all sorts of small clouds in my life that look so insignificant compared to the things I am expecting from the Lord. But I refuse to let go of them, they will bring the abundance I am expecting because He has promised me.
Then the thick, black clouds came, with great winds before the rain finally fell. It dawned on me that before an abundance of rain, the clouds usually become very dark and the winds blow fiercely and scare us. That is the way I feel sometimes. It is dark and scary in my circumstances. Nothing seems o be going as expected. But that is what eventually brings the rain. The heavier the rain, the darker the clouds and the stronger the winds.
Are you looking at your circumstances and all you can is a little cloud, almost nothing. Or are you experiencing dark clouds and fierce winds? Just remember that the rain finally came in abundance and brought the famine in Israel to an end.
We are in the season of abundance. We all need to believe it, no matter what our circumstances are saying. Elijah was a man of like passion, he was just like us. The only thing is that he walked with God. He trusted God. He believed God. We must do the same. Trust Him, believe Him, never give up and the abundance will come. Our miracle will come. It’s just a matter of time. Bless you. Ck