1 Kings 18:41-45 – Go Up Now

1 Kings 18:41-45
41
And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.
45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

-What faith and obedience exhibited by Elijah’s servant!  Seven times he was commanded by the man of God to go and check for rain and seven times he went and checked for rain.  What was he thinking as he made the trip time after time and came up empty?  How wearying it must have been to go that one last time; how tempting to give up on the whole thing.  But obedience was what Elijah needed from his servant and obedience is what the Lord needs from us.  The Lord is always ready to reward our faith, but sometimes He waits to allow us to demonstrate our diligence.  The Hebrew marched around Jericho for seven days before the walls fell (Hebrews 11:30), Paul besought the Lord three times about his thorn before he found peace (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).  Elijah’s servant went six times and found calm and quiet, but he went one more time and was met with the sound of abundance of rain.

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