The surrounding silence makes the words from my heart resound
Words of requests and deep desires cry out from my innermost parts
My guts wrenching at the intensity of the emotions I feel
"Hush sweet one", I hear....”it’s time to prepare”
"Prepare for what, the barrenness that taunts me with every dawn?"
“Prepare for the increase, prepare for the greatness”
I listen to hear more
"You look but you do not see, because your sight has become dull
Blinded to the things that are by the things that are not
...Unable to differentiate between the two.
You wait for tomorrow when today sits unattended
Asking for the rain, when the soil still sits untilled”
“But my hands are empty, nothing within my grasp with which to till”
“Emptiness to you, sufficient to me...
Now listen to these words, here’s how to go......"
And instruction came, and within those words I found the strength
...The strength to prepare for my increase.
Two farmers were praying and believing God for rain on their lands. It’s been months without rain and they were afraid to put the few seeds they had into the ground because they were not sure if it’d rain or not. Both farmers prayed but one of them went further by planting the few seeds he had. Should you be asked; “which of the farmers do you think actually believes God for rain?” I am sure your answer would be just as simple as mine; the one that planted his seeds.
In the bible, precisely in the book of 1 Kings 18, there were two people that we could liken to the two farmers illustrated above: Elijah and the King, Ahab. The Bible recorded, “And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees” – v41&42. The difference between an ordinary believer and a Faith believer is that while the former is eating and drinking just expecting increase, the latter is bent down, face between his knees – an action that signifies, “Lord, I believe you can do it. I will not let you go until you bless me”. So what can we learn from these two men when preparing for increase?
1. Believing is not enough, follow it with action: when you only believe without action, you are not acting in faith. Believing is like having a key and standing in front of the door without opening it or taking a cheque to the bank unsigned. To prepare for increase, we must move from the level of just believers to faith believers. The keyword, A.C.T.
2. When you see ‘little’, that’s the confirmation you need: Elijah did not wait till the rain started drizzling. As soon as the servant confirmed he saw “a cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea”, that was it! It was enough sign to believe in the God that never fails whenever we call upon him. To prepare for increase, watch out for signs. Don’t ever be in doubt even when all you see it little.
3. Run! When you run in faith, you run ahead of others. When the momentum of your action is not determined by news but by the word of God, no matter how long or how far people have been running before you, you will surely meet and overtake them. That was what happened in the case of Elijah. As soon as he saw the sign, he started running. God is happy when a man believes Him so much as to run with the WORD. How do I know you asked? Here, “The power of the LORD came on Elijah...” and guess what happened after, “...and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.”