The Seed of Hope

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Elijah's Rain

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for over three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18 NIV


Elijah was just like us. It says it in the Bible, so it must be true, right? Well, in biological terms Elijah was indeed just like us; skin, bones, muscle tissue, nervous system, etc. There should be no arguments or questions in regards to what James tells us Elijah. Or is there?


Let’s take a look at this from a different perspective, beginning with Elijah, the man.


Elijah was a prophet who boldly proclaimed to Ahab, the King of Israel that not another drop of rain would fall on Ahab’s country until Elijah said that it would!


Now Elijah, the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1


Elijah prayed to the Lord, asking Him to carry his prediction to Ahab. Scripture tells us that God indeed answered Elijah’s request. No rain, not even a drop, fell on Israel for over three years.


One day God told Elijah to make a visit to Ahab, and He would end the drought that had fallen upon all of Israel. Which is exactly what Elijah did, and he boldly proclaimed to Ahab that it would rain.


End of story, right? Well, not exactly. Elijah gave specific instructions to Ahab to prepare for the rains that were coming, including having a feast. Ahab did exactly as Elijah had instructed, joyfully anticipating the arrival of the heavy rains. That didn’t come.


Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, and got on his knees, and burying his face between them, began to pray for rain. The rain didn’t come. Again, Elijah prayed for the rain. Still, the rain didn’t come. Undeterred, Elijah turned to the Lord in prayer. He knew that God would send the rain, just as He had promised. Finally, after the seventh time, heavy rains fell upon the Israelites.


Elijah prayed.


Is any of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick?...And the prayer offered in faith will make him the sick person well…If he has sinned, he will be forgiven…The prayer of the righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:13-16



Elijah, the man of skin and bone and flesh was indeed just like us. In that there is no question.


Elijah, a man just like us, was filled with unwavering faith that can only be obtained by being filled with the Holy Spirit. That being said, the question that remains is:


Are you like Elijah?



Lorri Dresbach wrote on 12/07/11 10:31 AM

Great word, Sam! I also think it is interesting that Elijah heard the sound of the abundance of rain before he ever saw anything. It was only after he prayed seven times that his servant said... sir, there is a cloud the size of a human hand... He knew the tiny cloud was just the beginning. He had already heard the sound (and believed)... and then the faith became sight. (Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God) Sometimes after we pray we see that little cloud and think... "is THAT IT God? Is that little cloud all you are going to do?" While all along the inside of that cloud contains a downpour. Many of us quit after the 3rd or 4th prayer... and many quit even after seeing the small cloud. We assume that our prayers weren't answered, or that the little cloud was the answer. Elijah kept believing for the deluge even when the cloud was small. Oh how I want to be like that! Even our precious Jesus came as a baby... and grew into the man who would save the world. Only a few saw the small child as a fulfillment of the biggest answer to prayer that has ever existed. Nonetheless that small baby grew into the Lamb of God and also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Magi recognized the potential in little baby Jesus. (Their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh prove they had been shown the end from the beginning) So, as much as I'd like to say I'm like Elijah...or the Magi... I'm still growing into that. My prayer is that I will see the enormous potential in the smallest of answers. Thank you Sam for the challenge.
Peggy Dew wrote on 12/07/11 4:20 PM

Thank you Sam for your faithfulness in giving us "The Seed of Hope" each week. God is truly blessing this endeavor and the many people who read it each week. You and Jackie are so special to me. I pray that this will be a very special Christmas for you two and that God will bless you in a very special way. Love to you both.
Linda wrote on 12/09/11 4:45 PM

I aspire to be like Elijah!!! I'm a "work-in-progress". Wonderful post, Sam.
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