Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2019 April 9

What’s The Weather?

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.” 
(1 Kings 18:41-45)

Today’s Morsel: One of the things that every military commander wants to know at their morning briefing when planning for war is the daily weather report. What will the weather be?  It helps them in their war strategy.  Israel had been without rain for over three and one-half years.  And now the Prophet Elijah told King Ahab that there would be rain.  Even his servant was somewhat confounded when the prophet sent him to seek for a sign, as the clouds will usually indicate rain. But the servant returned saying that he saw nothing. And so the prophet sent him seven times.  When returning from his seventh look, he reported that he saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand.  The prophet then knew that it was going to rain. Can you discern the signs of the times?  Jesus said, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)  Get ready!  He's coming!

Sing:  What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.  When I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace; when He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promised Land.  What a day, glorious day that will be.

Thought For Today: Keep your eyes on the weather (Parker)

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