Monday, August 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 August 13

“And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 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. 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. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel” 
(1 Kings 18:41-46).

Today’s Morsel:  When I lose something, my wife always says I will find it in the last place that I look.  One of the things about the promises of God is that we must not stop looking for them to come to pass.  Often, when it doesn’t happen on our timeline we are quick to stop looking and believing that they will not come.  God’s ways and thoughts aren’t ours, and we must remember that.  He told Noah that it was going to rain, but it didn’t for 100 years.  But guess what? It did rain.  One of the reasons I believe there is a delay is to teach us faith and patience. His promises will come, we just have to believe that they will.  Elijah knew it was going to rain and he sent his servant to go look for a sign.  We all know, that usually if it is going to rain, there will be a black cloud in the sky.  But the servant saw nothing.  I’m sure he was ready to stop looking, but Elijah told him to go look seven times.  Seven, God's number of completion.  And when he went the seventh time and returned, he said, 'I see a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand.'  This story is written for our example so that we do not lose hope in what God promises to us.  If God says it’s going to rain you better carry an umbrella!

Sing:  Rain on me! Rain on me! Holy Ghost shower, rain on me.  Yesterday’s gone, today I’m in need, Holy Ghost shower rain on me.

Thought For Today:  If God says it’s going to rain you better carry your umbrella!

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