I read an awesome Bible verse in an Elevation Worship YouVersion plan today with so many applications. (1 Kings 18:43-44) Here’s the scene: It’s about seventy-five years after King David lived in the 9th century BC. There has been a drought for three and a half years and the land is very dry. Elijah the prophet has received a promise from God that rain will be coming. Elijah’s role then was to wait in obedience. So Elijah waited and nothing happened. No rain. Elijah sends his servant to see if rain is coming. No rain. Elijah sends him six times with the same “no rain” report each time.
Finally, the seventh time, the servant returns saying he saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand. A man’s hand? Are you kidding? I live in Oklahoma. When it rains here the sky is filled with rain clouds. There is a “rain smell” in the air. If I saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand, I would dismiss it as nothing. No rain today! Yet, Elijah took this as a sign that God’s promise was about to be fulfilled. He tells his servant to go up to Ahab and tell him to prepare his chariot and go down, lest the rain stop him. Elijah knew that when God makes us a promise, it comes to pass. It happens! It may not be in the time frame that we want but it happens!
There are times when we feel like we are in a drought. There are times when we feel our marriage is in a drought. We think God has forgotten about us. We pray and pray and the drought continues. “God, You promised to never leave us.” “God, when we stood at the altar and made vows to you and to each other, we thought you would always be there for us.” “God, where are you?”
I have been there. I have felt my prayers and our prayers just seem to disappear into the air. We don’t see the evidence of what God has promised and we want to give up. This is what God has taught me. Keep coming back. Just like Elijah told his servant, “go back - and keep going back until you see it come to pass.” God always fulfills His promises. He will show up in your life. He will lead the two of you into an Awesome Marriage. In fact, He is working when we don’t see Him working. That cloud that Elijah’s servant saw was formed somewhere in the heavens out of sight by the hand of God. The rain is coming. Our role is to wait and be obedient. The drought will end! The promises of God will come to pass!