The Rain Man [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — January 10, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
Your small beginning is a sign of great refreshment; a great rain may start as a small cloud.
Today’s Text: “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.” ’ ”(1 Kings 18:43–44, ESV)
After three and a half years of withering drought, the Lord gave Elijah a word about the advent of rain. Though no precipitation had manifested, Elijah heard the “sound of the rushing of rain” (1 Kings 18:41, ESV). Though there was no natural sound of the deluge rising in the distance, Elijah discerned it and told his servant to go toward the sea to spy it.
The servant went toward the sea and gazed upon the same barren land he’d seen for over three years. Nothing but the same dust. The same dry riverbeds. The same scorched fields.
“Go again,” the prophet declared.
So the servant went. Again and again and again. Still nothing but drought as far as the eye could see.
Sometimes when God gives you a revelation of hope for the future, your natural eye may not see it for a season. God stands outside of time. In God’s eyes, the provision is already there. From God’s perspective, the rain is pouring.
Not until the seventh journey toward the sea did the servant see any evidence of rain. In scripture, seven is the number of completion – the week isn’t over until the seventh day. Your story isn’t over until God completes it! And what the servant saw must have seemed puny: “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand….”
In that tiny cloud was the beginning of the end of a three and a half year drought. God uses small things to do big things. Look, there is a cloud rising. It is a cloud of hope amidst the despair of the world. It may seem small and distant, but the grace of God is rising and, when His provision has been fully manifest, it will be a downpour of His love. And that’s the Gospel!