A Daily Devotional with David Olatona – IT SHALL RAIN AGAIN*
1 Kings 18:1-7
And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there was a severe famine in Samaria.
1 Kings 18:1-2 (NKJV)
Our text is about the great grace of God that is sent to an undeserving people. The Israelites were experiencing the fulfillment of the warnings of Deuteronomy 28:23 concerning severe drought and famine that covered the land for disobedience and idolatry. Now it was time for the Almighty to bring rain, but the people needed to know for sure that the rain will only come from the Lord and not Baal.
Obedience to the command of the Lord is the key needed for the promise to be fulfilled and the blessing to be enjoyed. The Israelites had suffered for three and a half years because of their disobedience, but by the obedience of the prophet, the Lord’s judgment would be lifted (Luke 4:25). God promised Elijah that if he will present himself to Ahab, that rain will come again. Basically, God is telling you now that, “things are going to work out” for you.
We prove our love for the Lord when we cheerfully obey the commands He has given us, (John 14:15) In fact, obedience to the Lord’s commands carries with it a special promises His provision and His presence. (John 14:21) Elijah was a man who totally surrendered to God, when God’s command came, he responded by faith even when he didn’t understand, he simply obeyed. This is the kind of life, heart and attitude that God is seeking and will bless.
There is no lost opportunity with my God, if I missed it before, HE will bring it again.
Father, I pray for the upholding power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen me in the path of obedience in Jesus name. Amen