The Drought Ends

On May 4, 1897, duchess Sophie-Charlotte Alencon was presiding over a charity ball in Paris when the hall caught fire. Flames spread to the paper decorations and flimsy walls, and in seconds the place was an inferno. In the hideous panic that followed, many women and children w … More

Courage

 

 

When it was obvious that the prophets of Baal had failed, Elijah invited all the people to come near and observe what he would do. Elijah gathered the crowd around him as he repaired the altar that had been torn down (v. 30). He used 12 stones to represent the tribes of Israel as he rebuilt the Lord’s altar (vv. 31-32). Then Elijah dug a trench around the altar and poured water on the sacrifice (v. 32). Twelve barrels of water were poured over the sacrifice (vv.33-35). The purpose of this soaking, of course, was to show everyone present that the burning of the sacrifice that was to take place was not a natural phenomenon or a trick but was a miracle.

 

Then Elijah prayed a very brief prayer (vv. 36-37). Instantly fire … fell from heaven (lightning), consuming the sacrifice, wood, altar, and even the surrounding soil and water. Spontaneously the crowd cried out in amazement (v. 38). When the watching people saw this, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord He is God; the Lord He is God” (v. 39). Elijah commanded that the wicked prophets of Baal be taken down to the Cation Valley where they were put to death (v. 40).

 

Ahab rode off down the mountain to celebrate the end of the drought by eating and drinking, but Elijah walked back up the mountain to pray for rain. We also read that Elijah prayed and it did not rain for three and one half years. Then he prayed and it rained. As a result many in the nation of Israel served the living God again.

 

Application

 

 

Just like in Elijah’s day there may be times when I must call on the Lord for courage when the enemy moves in like a roaring lion. When it seems like all odds are against me I can know that when I’m following the Lord I’m in the majority.

 

I Kings 18:30-46 (English Standard Version)

Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down. Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, "Israel shall be your name," and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, "Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood." And he said, "Do it a second time." And they did it a second time. And he said, "Do it a third time." And they did it a third time. And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water. And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back." Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, "The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God." And Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape." And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there. And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain." So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. And he 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. And at the seventh time he said, "Behold, a little cloud like a man's hand is rising from the sea." And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, 'Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.'" And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

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