Have you ever prayed for something and received something completely different?
In 1 Kings 17 we’re told that Elijah said, “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.”
And no rain came. Elijah prayed, and the heavens shut and then rain did not fall for the next few years. In the third year of the drought, Elijah hears from God and Elijah returns. Seeing the people were trying to follow both God and Baal he declares “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18
After gathering the prophets of Baal Elijah makes a declaration, but the announcement is somewhat odd. It hadn’t rained in Israel for three years. I don’t mean it was just a dry season. The Word says neither dew nor rain. It was beyond a tough season. It had not rained, and now when Elijah shows up, he doesn’t say let’s pray, and the one who answers with rain is God. Instead, he says the one who answers with fire He is God.
You would think after three years of drought Elijah would have shown up and said the one who answers by bringing forth rain is God, but that’s not exactly how the story goes. (more…)