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2 Kings 19 to 22
Have you ever prayed, looked for an answer and then when nothing appears you have given up?
1 Kings 18:43 "Go and look toward the sea," he told his servant. And he went up and looked. "There is nothing there," he said. Seven times Elijah said, "Go back." 44 The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea." So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'" NIV
How Many Times Do you Look for a Miracle? Elijah told his servant to look 7 times. Was there anything special about looking seven times? – Yes! The miracle was there on the seventh time! If that barren, cloudless, desert sky had have been pierced by a cloud on the 5th inspection, then the 5th would have been special!
What if he had to look 8 times? What if it was like Jesus instruction on forgiveness?
Matt 18:21Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. NKJV
There comes a point where common sense tells you that the miracle hasn't happened and you have to get on with life. GOD FORGIVE US FOR HAVING COMMON SENSE! Carry on looking and don't give in.
Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up NIV
This was the story of the persistent widow, and Jesus wants us to be like her – not giving up.
There had been no rain for 3 years and no sign of it coming – other than Elijah had heard God. THERE IS NO GREATER CERTAINTY – NOTHING MORE DEPENDABLE. Facts don't even come into it – the truth that God speaks to us is more dependable than any 'fact'. Facts change but truth doesn't.
The truth was that a great miracle was coming that day – and after the 7th inspection the facts came into line with the truth.
Are you waiting for your miracle? Receive it by faith and don't give up.
Elijah and his servant looked stupid. They embarrassed themselves in front of all – but with persistence they received the greatest miracle.
God is good. Let us rejoice that we have the answer and receive our miracles together.