It was not because of any outward evidence that the showers were about to fall, that Elijah could so confidently bid Ahab prepare for rain. The prophet saw no clouds in the heavens; he heard no thunder. He simply spoke the 156 word that the Spirit of the Lord had moved him to speak in response to his own strong faith. Throughout the day he had unflinchingly performed the will of God and had revealed his implicit confidence in the prophecies of God's word; and now, having done all that was in his power to do, he knew that Heaven would freely bestow the blessings foretold. The same God who had sent the drought had promised an abundance of rain as the reward of rightdoing; and now Elijah waited for the promised outpouring. In an attitude of humility, "his face between his knees," he interceded with God in behalf of penitent Israel.


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Elias på flugt

Da Elias tillidsfuldt bød Akab forberede sig på regnens komme, var der ingen synlige tegn til regn. Profeten så ingen skyer på himmelen og hørte ingen torden. Han sagde ganske enkelt, hvad Herrens Ånd tilskyndede ham til at sige som svar på hans egen stærke tro. Dagen igennem havde han uforfærdet gjort Guds vilje og vist, at han nærede ubetinget tillid til Guds ords profetier. Nu, da han havde gjort alt, hvad der stod i hans magt, vidste han, at Himmelen ville udøse de velsignelser, som var lovet. Gud havde sendt tørken, men han havde lovet at belønne folket med strømme af regn, hvis de ville gøre det rette. Nu ventede Elias på løftets opfyldelse. "Med ansigtet mellem knæene" som tegn på ydmyghed bad han til Gud for det angrende Israel.

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