READ : 1 Kings 18:1-16
. . . in the third year . . . “I will send rain.” (v. 1)
Let’s not exaggerate. It is true that these were some of Israel’s darkest days, and Elijah sometimes felt that he was the only believer left. But it is not true, then or ever, that the Lord would leave any part of his world entirely in the hands of evil powers, even for a moment. He is always and everywhere in control. It is he who is engineering the drought that sends Ahab scouring the country to find pasture for his horses. He has a hundred prophets in Israel besides Elijah, and a secret agent at the heart of government (another apt name, Obadiah, “servant of Yah”), to frustrate Jezebel’s plan to kill them. As the hymn puts it, “Remember that omnipotence has servants everywhere.”
It cannot have been easy for faithful believers to endure both the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel and the Lord’s patient method of dealing with it. They must have wondered how long it would all go on. But the divine timetable is as much under control as everything else, and the Lord himself had set the date for the breaking of the drought.
We must never underestimate the power of evil. But let’s not exaggerate it either. Be confident: the Lord reigns!
“Everything under control.” Lord, may that be the confidence in which we pray.