California is in a drought; this not only physically but, even more so, spiritually.
In 1Kings God uses a drought as a form of judgement over Israel for turning away from Him and worshiping other gods. In chapter 18 He sends His prophet Elijah to the king saying, “Go and present yourself to Ahab and I will send rain on the land.”
God did not want to cut the drought short because Israel repented but because He dearly loved His people, and through His sovereign compassion, desired to reveal Himself to His children in a fresh and profound way.
Elijah instructed the king to bring the people of Israel up on a mountain where Elijah challenged the prophets of the other gods saying, “call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire– he is God.” The prophets performed their various ceremonies to no avail, after which, Elijah said a simple prayer and fire came and consumed not only the sacrifice, but the wood it was on as well as a trench of water dug around the altar! The Israelites then fell face down and proclaimed “the Lord– He is God.”
I believe that God uses natural phenomenon (drought, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.) to get our attention. It’s unfortunate that we have drifted so far from Him that, that has to be the case, but it is also comforting to know that He would do such a thing to say, ‘Hey remember Me? Come back!’
Today it rained. I know the drought is not yet over but it is my prayer (and the prayer of many) that with the bad conditions of land and weather, as well as unexpected blessings of relief, we will see and seek the Lord with new hearts. And that this land will be swept with the fire of revival!
If you would like to know a little more about Jesus feel free to check out my post here.