Let It Rain
A connection of Scriptures synced in my spirit yesterday, and I want to thank the Lord for it with all of my heart. I am not only thankful now, but also heavily burdened by it...
Maybe it's just me, but I am not certain that I had ever really connected the dots as to why the long-awaited rain immediately followed the showdown on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18. Elijah had just stood for the Lord and witnessed a huge display of His power. The Lord had sent fire from heaven, then a few short verses later He sent rain. Why? I am not saying I have the complete answer, but I offer what I feel He presented me to chew on yesterday.
Walk with me from 1 Kings to Hosea. It would be amazing if it didn't take painful circumstances to draw our attention back to the Lord, but we are not always a quick study. Often it is as Hosea says:
“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
The people of Israel had been undecided about who was God, so the Lord showed them. Upon His answer by fire they cried out: "The Lord - He is God! The Lord - He is God!" They acknowledged Him!! Soon after, He sent the rain.
I feel a stirring to cry out as Elijah, "How long will you waver between two opinions?" I feel a stirring to cry out as John the Baptist (who came in the spirit of Elijah), "Repent!" It has been dry for far too long. Rather than standing in our compromised state - complaining about circumstances while clinging to our idols - let us acknowledge the Lord! Let us press on to acknowledge Him as God. Let us break up the dry ground of our hearts with repentance...then let us pray that He will come to us like the rain.
Lord, do You withhold the rain sometimes because You know what we have been sowing? Perhaps the drought is Your mercy. Help us to break up the unplowed ground and repent. Then, O Lord, please open up the heavens and pour out Your rain.
1 Kings 18:38-46