Elijah declared a drought on the land. For the next three years there was no rain. The land was dying. Livestock was dying. People were dying. Water was scarce. Elijah was hiding because the King had a bounty out for his life. Could it get any worse?
Do you feel as if you are in a drought? Have you been in a prolonged period when it seems as if hope is dying, dreams are withering and you feel all alone? Perhaps you have been fighting sickness, contending for a marriage, battling for a child, or praying for financial relief. Let us learn from Elijah’s story this morning.
1. Settle in your mind once and for all God is Almighty. He is bigger than your circumstance. He is more powerful than any weapon formed against you. He is faithful. He is good. He is for you.
2. Offer a sacrifice out of your area of drought. Water was scarce in the land but Elijah had them pour water on the sacrifice (that was not part of the ritual for sacrificing). If you are sick, pray for someone else, or sow into someone else’s dreams. Give a sacrificial offering.
3. Pray. Elijah went on a mountain, bowed his, and prayed for rain.
4. Persevere. Six times he sent his servant to see what was happening. Six times the servant saw nothing. But he did not stop hoping. He did not stop expecting. I don’t care how long you have been in your current situation expect God to show up and turn it around at any moment.
5. Don’t despise small beginnings. Let hope rise when you see that cloud as small as a man’s hand. Be thankful and grateful for the smallest of victories. Know it is a sign that your time of rain is on the way. Know it’s a symbol that your season of drought is over.
The rain is coming. Can’t you hear it? It’s the sound of breakthrough!
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. 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!’” (1 Kings 18:43-44 NLT)