1 Kings 18:1-19
After 3 years of drought (no rain), God tells Elijah it is time to go see Ahab; God is going to make it rain. So Elijah sets out for Ahab’s capital of Samaria. Meanwhile, the drought has gotten so bad that King Ahab and the head of his household, Obadiah, have set out to find areas with natural springs of water in hopes of finding grass for their livestock. So Elijah encounters Obadiah in route to the palace.
Now, even though he worked for an evil king, Obadiah was a godly man. When Queen Jezebel had all the prophets of God killed, he personally saved, hid and feed 150 prophets. So Elijah asks him to go tell the king he is coming. Obadiah doesn’t want to do this. All through the drought King Ahab has been searching for Elijah with no success. Obadiah is afraid he will go tell the king and then God will hide Elijah away again and the king will be so mad he will kill Obadiah. But Elijah assures Obadiah that he will appear before the king. So Obadiah returns and tells King Ahab that Elijah is coming.
When Elijah arrives King Ahab blames Elijah for the drought. However Elijah reminds him that his sins and the sins of his predecessors are why God brought the drought. Then Elijah tells him to gather 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and meet him on Mt. Carmel. It is time to see who is truly worthy of worship; Baal and Asherah or the God of Abraham.
God has a perfect plan and perfect timing for everything. When God sent Elijah to tell King Ahab about the drought, God knew when He would send Elijah back to end it. Elijah didn’t know, Ahab didn’t know, but God did. God waited until they were getting desperate to feed their animals, until they would know that it wasn’t just a dry time, but something supernatural. With our human eyes, it often looks like God is late, but His timing is always perfect.
Would God’s message have been as powerful after a year of drought?