Lately, rain has been a dominant factor in our lives. It has been raining continuously for months causing people to be depressed, children cannot go outside and play, people are missing the great sunshine that we normally receive, and the rain causes people to stay inside their homes. At the same time we need rain so that our grass and trees can grow. Rain can be a positive and negative entity in our lives. For the Israelites they needed rain but because of their disobedience to God they went through a drought for three and a half years. In 1 Kings 17 the prophet Elijah told King Ahab that they would not have any rain for years, “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “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 (1 Kings 17:1).” Because of Elijah’s announcement God instructed him to go into hiding for years. The king and his people looked for Elijah but never found him.
The Israelites were given this punishment because of their disobedience to God. The Israelites worshiped other gods and the god that is up to bat is Baal. Baal is the rain god and every October they would worship him hoping he would bring them rain for the new season. Baal is no match for God nor is Baal real but the people were following the leadership of their king rather than the ultimate king, God.
Through Elijah’s prophecy God shows us that he is the one who is in charge of everything. Of course, we know this but do we live like we know that God is in control of everything? I hope so. The rain that we have been experiencing lately has been miserable because we are not able to go outside like we normally would. God knows what he is doing with the rain and we should appreciate it while it is here. God has a plan and purpose in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”