February's Theme: Restoration of Rain and Springs
Key scriptures reported were 1Kings 18: 1-4, Isaiah 58:7-12.
1 Kings 18:1-4 speaks of the Lord sending Elijah to speak to Ahab, and by doing this the rains will come on top of that Obadiah was in charge of Ahab’s house, and he was also a God-fearing man. Enough that he hid the prophets in the caves. For the prophets of Baal were being followed in the land, and Jezebel sought after God’s prophets to bring death upon them.
Now, Isaiah 58 talks about how we should prepare ourselves during certain fasts, and what to expect from them. Versus 7-12 were highlighted, and give the expectation and promise that if we call on the Lord, He will hear us! Not only that, but there are more promises that can be received. We are challenged to take away the yoke of bondage, to stop the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness. If we extend our soul to the hungry, satisfy the afflicted soul then our light shall dawn in the darkness, and our darkness shall be as bright as the noon day. We will be guided continually, be satisfied even in drought, our bones strengthened and be like a watered garden, a spring that never is quenched. Perhaps this isn’t just a physical fast, but a way of living. Isaiah 58:7 talks about sharing our bread, not abstaining from it. Interesting consideration if the bread is both what we can physically and spiritually eat. As Jesus is called the bread of life in the New Testament.
What if we consider 1 Kings a call to those in leadership and Isaiah as an individual call. It’s also worth noting that many within the body have been fasting for Lent.
Both of these scriptures highlight the restoration of rain, and unfailing deep springs to the physical land and the spiritual land. Both scriptures also show a step of obedience, and additional blessings if certain criteria are met. Elijah still had to go to Ahab, this was treacherous. Most of us are familiar with Elijah & Jezebel’s relationship, she wanted his head. The Lord still told him to go, knowing what could and would happen. Let’s pray for continued protection for the Elijah’s and the Obadiah’s in our midst. We’ve heard the word about the prophets coming out of hiding for a few years now, let’s continue to contend with the word the Lord is still speaking.
Take all of this into prayerful consideration as this is only one perspective of these scriptures. If the Lord shares with you a different perspective or insight, please share a comment below to continue discovery of God’s fullness.