One simple word. It has been defined as believing what we cannot see or trusting what may come to pass. Faith is a word we use in church as an encouragement. Sadly, it is also a word we use as a weapon against those who struggle.
“If you just had more faith.”
If you could believe harder, do better, trust more then…
Really? Is that what faith is? Dependent on us? What if my faith is puny or parched?
Does God still love us when our faith is running away from Him like Jonah? Or doubting Jesus like Thomas? Can I get my faith back on track after years of questioning or sin?
Enter Elijah in the book of James. You wouldn’t think Elijah would be tagged in a book that tells us about faith. Didn’t that prophet run from Jezebel? Wasn’t Elijah the guy so famished his faith faltered, and he wanted to die?
But Listen to how James describes Elijah: “Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain, and the earth began to yield its crops.” James 5:17-18 (NLT)
He had a faith so powerful he prayed, and God heard. Not only did God hear—God moved! Elijah could Make It Rain! That’s a faith we all need. He wasn’t special. Not some former day Billy Graham. He “was as human as we are.”
So how do we have that kind of faith? Take a pill? Say a prayer? Talk to a preacher?
We have to let God build it into our lives. Day by day. Week by week. Year by year. We continually grow in our walk. That’s right we read our Bibles, pray, go to a Bible-believing church, and obey God.
This kind of faith is available to all of us if we discipline ourselves to walk with God every day. You can do it…Why not Make It Rain?
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