Ariseth A Little Cloud

And 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.
— 1 Kings 18:43

We ask God to do something in our lives, we look and there is nothing. Up the mountain again, still nothing. We look and look, but we still don't see it. Seven times Elijah had his servant go up. Do you think he was getting tired and weary of climbing?

When the people of Jericho walked around the wall- nothing. God had them do it again and again. (Joshua 6) When Naaman ducked under the water to be healed of his leprosy- nothing. Again and again. (2 Kings 5)

But, after all that, look at what persistent faith can do...

"And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand." verse 44

Still, faith was needed. A little cloud. Seemingly insignificant. 

The book of Zechariah tells us not to despise the day of small beginnings. (Zechariah 4:10)

And then it happens...

"And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. " verse 45

A GREAT rain. 

Rain, healing, victory...walls that just fall out of the way. 

Some seasons of our lives with God feel very dry. It appears that there is nothing happening. We see nothing. We must persist. We need to praise God during these "dry" seasons because God can do a lot with nothing. If you are not sure about that, review Genesis 1. 

The earth was without form, and void.

And then? Light, water, land, animals, man and woman.

All this with a Word from God. The Living God who is still working for His creation today. Go up and look. But, if you do not see anything, don't despair. We serve a God in the habit of making everything from nothing. In our driest seasons, the ones with the highest walls and most dire of circumstances is when God's might and goodness can truly be seen. He is preparing something great. Hold on. To Him be the glory. 

Pray again, sing again, praise again. Get your trumpet and your umbrella out in faith. 


To Ponder:

Do I have my umbrella ready? Am I persisting in faith? 


Prayer:

Father God, 

Help me stand in and persist in faith. To not despise small beginnings. To know you are working when I see little and when I see nothing at all. May I wait with anticipation for a great outpouring of Your goodness and creative power. For You can do all with nothing. 

To You be the glory. In Jesus' name amen. 

Lori HilComment