. . . And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel ; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. 1 Kings 18:42-45

 Elijah was a man who hoped against hope until the abundant answer came. He continued, in the very face of darkness and perplexity, to expect, because the very God of hope lived in him and expected through him, And he was not ashamed, for it came to pass the seventh time his servant said. “Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, about the size of a man’s hand,” and in a little while the heaven was black with clouds and there was a great rain. Can you count God faithful when only the still small voice speaks? When there is neither wind, earthquake, nor fire? Can you start when you see the cloud no bigger  than a man’s hand? Can you say “’There is nothing’ but I wait on thee. My mind is peculiarly in the dark regarding the way I am to take, but Thou knowest. Unto thee do I  look up;!”

 ”There is nothing”—though the raindrops needed sorely and so long
Have been promised by Jehovah by the Father true and strong.
and the sky is blue and cloudless, and the earth is parched and dry,
Yet no showers are forthcoming from the reservoir on high.

 “There is nothing”—but the prophet knows and trusts his Master’s work;
He is not a senseless idol, but the mighty powerful God.
He has seen His wondrous working, he believes Him faithful still;
So he humbly waits in patience for Jehovah’s perfect will.

“There is nothing”—oh, how often doth the enemy declare,
Nothing for your constant wrestlings; nothing for your cries and tears.
And the faithless heart says
“Nothing” though deceived she ne’er has been,
For the little cloud so longed for, at the seventh time is seen.

“There is nothing”—but there shall be : God is still the Great “I AM.”
He is NOW Almighty, faithful, and forevermore the same;
And the rears, and cries, and wrestlings, have been recorded on high;
Not forgotten, nor neglected, to be answered by and by.
                                                                James Boobbyer

 

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8 

Trust God for your day,    Today

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