God told Elijah the prophet to go into the wilderness because He was going to send a severe drought.
Three years later God again told Elijah to confront the evil King Ahab and his false prophets. God’s man and the false prophets of the king had a showdown on Mount Carmel; God won. Big time! (First Kings 18).
Elijah told the king the rain was going to return. So while the king ate and drank at the good news, Elijah went to the top of the mountain and began to pray for rain. The more he prayed, however, the less likely it seemed that rain would come. Seven times he sent his servant to look for the rain clouds, but they weren’t there.
Finally the servant returned with the news that he’d seen a small cloud, about the size of a man’s hand approaching over the sea. That was all Elijah needed to hear. An abundance of rain was about to fall.
There are times when our lives mimic Elijah’s situation. We hear the voice of God speaking loud and clear; then there is nothing. In those times of silence, we can follow Elijah’s example.
First, he kept waiting, doing what God had last told him to do. He knew his mission, and until God re-directed that mission, Elijah was keeping true to that calling.
Second, Elijah kept praying. Until he heard an answer from Heaven, he wasn’t going to be moved or discouraged from prayer.
Third, the prophet kept trusting. He never doubted that the God who showed Himself on Mount Carmel by fire was the same God even in Heaven’s silence. He knew who God was and what He’d said and Elijah wasn’t about to back down.
Fourth, God’s man kept himself ready to move as soon as God answered. As soon as the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain (1 Kings 18:45), Elijah was ready to act. He girded up his loins and ran.