Many times, in this world, we can be in a time of oppression and be consumed with what is happening to us which can make us forget that God is in control! During the time of Gideon; who is a man that is written about in the Bible; he was going through a time of oppression. What he didn’t know was that he was going to be chosen to lead the nation of Israel out of the oppression they were in! We can take hope from this and know that God will deliver us! In the bleakest times God has moved and He can do it again! When we look back over the history of the Church over the past few hundred years and the waves of revivals that swept across the globe, we must remember that each of them took place during very trying times.
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2
Because of the faithfulness of those who heard from God, and their unwavering stand for God amidst continual opposition and pressure, countless scores of souls were able to be introduced to the power of God through the revivals! We are beginning to see the revival that is coming!
The Book of 1 Kings, in the Bible, writes about Elijah, who was a man who stood in the gap for his people. Evil government was in place, King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, and Elijah was the prophet that God revealed His voice to in that hour. Through Elijah’s obedience to the voice of the Lord, he proclaims loudly that it is not going to rain in the land “…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.” Not a single drop of rain fell again for three years.
While the drought had settled in and the effects of the drought had been experienced throughout all the land, Elijah remained faithful to declare what God had spoken to him. Think about the importance of Elijah’s faithfulness to what God had spoken to him about. Even amidst the season of not hearing a new word from the Lord, Elijah remained faithful.
When we are moving in obedience to what the Lord reveals to us, this is exactly what we are going to experience. There may be a drought of His voice all around us, but will we remain faithful to the last word the Lord said to us? Elijah did! Then, in the midst of the parched and dry drought, Elijah once again proclaims a word to the government “…Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” It was about to rain. Remember, Elijah boldly said this without seeing any present rain. After Elijah’s servant tells him, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” Elijah then commands his servant “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.” We must cooperate in accordance with God’s word and respond in agreement to it.
God is constantly speaking, but are we listening? We must be open to listening to the voice of God! Maybe you don’t know how to hear God’s voice? You can get your free plan today at iAbide and learn how to spend time with God and how to hear His voice. This is how we spend time with God every day! We want to hear from you! You can write to us at [email protected]. Greg and Steve shared in this segment.
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