God Will Be With You in the Time of Famine
From the archives of Oral Roberts
In I Kings 18:41, we read where the prophet Elijah make a great pronouncement to King Ahab. He Says, “Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.”
Let me set the stage for that announcement by Elijah because it tells us something important about what we sometimes go through before we receive a miracle from God.
It had been three years since rain had fallen in the land. The result was that the land was parched and cracked; all the crops had dried up. The people were in the midst of a severe famine and many were starving to death every day. The reason for the drought and famine was that the people of God had turned away from worshipping the one true and living God and were following the false gods of Baal.
Now what is important for you to know is that God’s prophet was never hungry during that entire three-year famine. First, God provided for Elijah by sending him to a brook where the water flowed freely, and there, God sent ravens to feed Elijah every morning and evening. Then, when the brook dried up in the drought, God commanded Elijah to go to Zarephath where he met a little widow woman who obeyed God even in the face of death. She used her last bit of meal and oil to fix Elijah a cake, and as the result of her obedience and faith, she and her son and Elijah were sustained. Her jar of oil didn’t dry up; neither did her barrel of meal. And throughout the famine, they ate. (See I Kings 17.)
Does it seem to you that your miracle is slow in coming? Does it seem to you at times that you are living in a drought and a famine and that your situation might never change?
Friend, I have good news for you. God will keep you and hold you up during this waiting time! He has a way of sustaining you between the time that you plant your seeds of faith and the time you receive your miracle harvest. The Bible promises that “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
No matter what the circumstances around you may be, hold on to God. Hold on in expecting your miracle. Believe God that the day is coming when there will be the “sound of abundance of rain!”