Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’ So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees…. – 1 Kings 18:41-42
It was a time of severe famine in the land of Israel. A strange woman called Jezebel had entered the palace as the king’s wife and had given official backing to the worship of Baal. God was crossed with the entire nation, and He commanded drought upon the land through the mouth His servant Elijah.
For three years, the entire nation was at a standstill. People ate off their farm produce until there was nothing left. Domestic animals were dying in thousands as their owners battle to stay alive. Even the palace was not spared. Ahab’s government was seriously threatened – he was at the verge of losing the horses and mules on which his army depended in times of war. A state of emergency would have been declared if this had happened in our own times.
So bad was the situation that the king could not trust his servants with his animals anymore. He must have sent them out again and again to look for food and water for his chariot forces to no avail. Soon, he realised that except something drastic was done, he was on his way out of the throne, and the palace. He took a practical step, lay off his royal robe and personally went in search of grass to keep his animals alive.
Sadly enough, Ahab ignored the heart of the issue. All God wanted was an answer to the question: who is sovereign over nature and life – God or Baal? He probably did not realise that he would never make any progress until he answered that question. Is it not amazing that even today this same question still stares people and governments in the face? The irony is that like Ahab many beg the issue even when they know precisely what plunged them into the depth of hopelessness they find themselves.
God however took the initiative to put an end to the utter helplessness that had prevailed in Israel for three years. He sent back His servant to Ahab for the final showdown to underscore His supremacy over Baal. In what is now popularly referred to as the Mount Carmel encounter, God prevailed over the forces of Baal. Then Elijah instructed King Ahab: “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” And it rained cats and dogs in the same place where there had been neither dew nor rain for three and a half years.
Today, I do not know what has brought about the dryness (or drought) you have experienced for weeks, months or even years. The drought may be in your business, academics, prayer life or any other aspect of your life. Wherever it is, I want to assure you that I hear the sound of abundance.
God is about to pour His rain on every dry area in your life and make the barren land fruitful. He will confound all the forces that have sought to take His place in your life and open the gateway to His unprecedented rain of blessings. Like Elijah, however, you have to be expectant. Do not stop praying until you see the signs of its manifestation. I assure you your miracle has started, in Jesus name.
But first thing first: do you have a personal relationship with this God who can turn your situation around suddenly? You can start a relationship right away by praying this prayer: