Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 92 Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”
1 Kings 18:41-45
What do you think Elijah was doing here? When Elijah told his servant to go and look toward the sea, he wasn’t just looking for a weather forecast, he was looking for the promise of God. For three and half years severe drought had ravaged the land as a result of God’s hand upon the nation.
In the midst of the drought, Elijah had received a promise from God that rain would come. (1 Kings 18:1).
What do you think Elijah was doing by ‘putting his face between his knees” (1 Kgs 18:42b)? It is no doubt a posture of prayer. Elijah followed through in obedience through prayer. But nothing happened — at least not at first.
Elijah’s servant was told to go and see whether there was any sign of rain coming but returned with nothing but disappointment to report. No cloud. No rain. No promise. Where is God?
Instead of giving up, though, Elijah told his servant to keep going back.
Finally, after Elijah’s servant had gone back seven times, a cloud the size of a man’s hand was seen and taken as a sign of God’s promise to come. I want you to imagine the doubts, the negative reactions that we may feel if we had to do that – seeing no sign each time and the temptation to just give up.
What Elijah knew, and what we often fail to realize, is that God’s promises will come to pass — it just may not be according to our timing. God’s promises are delivered through prayer and we are the “delivery men”
At this moment in your life, all evidence may be pointing to a situation likened to a drought, but a drought doesn’t have to mean the death of your promise. It may just simply mean delay.
If you’ve been looking for the evidence of what God has promised, don’t give up after the first glance. Just as Elijah instructed his servant — go back — and keeping going back until you see it come to pass.
What God promises, God will do. I pray that we will have the patience to keep praying.