1Kg 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
I got an insight of hope in 1kg 18. Here Israel was going through a terrible famine. I compare Israel’s crisis to the current COVID-19 global epidemic. For Israel, no economic summit healed their recession, no scientific intervention helped and no spiritual consultation restored the rain. This is because Prophet Elijah had used his spiritual authority to lock up the heavens. Whenever a problem has a spiritual undertone, it will lack physical scientific solutions. Divine revelation is the master key to open the door that has been spiritually locked.
Unfortunately, the longer it takes to find the answer to a global crisis, the more citizens suffer and die. In Samaria, many people had eaten their last meals and had died, yet Elijah was unmoved by the pains. But God is touched because God is love. God is never happy at the death of sinners talkless of the death of his saints.
Suddenly God told Elijah, ‘Enough! I cannot hold back the rain anymore from these people. I cannot continue to watch the children dying, the mothers suffering. I’ve got to show them mercy’. God’s love is not compatible with endless sorrow. Even when God punishes after sometimes he often pardons. In 1Sam 24, God sent a plague to Israel for the King’s sin but He soon stopped it “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand” (v16).
I can also feel it in my spirit that God can’t take the COVID-19 deaths anymore. God is tired of the mass burials, the suffering of lockdowns, and the great losses. God says I am ready to bring the healing now in Jesus name.
As soon as God decided to send the rain upon Israel, he commanded Elijah, (the cause and solution of the famine) to reveal himself to King Ahab. The evidence that God is ready to deliver us is that he will give us access to the information that will save us. Discovery is important to have recovery. Until we have the right revelation of the hidden solution, we may never have the desired liberation. The lack of access to the right information or ignorance is an iron prison keeping people in limitation and for destruction. Divine revelation is the liberating power that launches one into unimaginable possibilities.
I can also feel it in my spirit that God is about to reveal the antidote to the deadly coronavirus. And because you are reading this, I pray God will also show you the information you need to actualize your dreams in Jesus name.
But in the story, Elijah did not reveal himself to King Ahab directly. Instead, God led Elijah to appear to an officer of the King, Obadiah, who feared and served the Lord greatly. Elijah told him, go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here! (vs 7-8) That is significant. Suddenly Obadiah became the star because he found Elijah, the solution to the lack of rain. It means God used the appearance of Elijah to promote Obadiah, just like God used the death of Goliath to announce the promotion of David.
God’s intervention never comes through anonymous means. Rather God chooses specific people as vessels of solutions in compensation for their past faithfulness to him. It is the manner of our God to use difficult circumstances to announce his glory in his saints so that all things, good or bad, can work together for their good. It will not be surprising if a God-lover soon stumbles on the solution to the COVID-19 and so shall it be in Jesus name.
I announce this global challenge will create an occasion for your lifting in Jesus name!
Author: Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu PhD
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