Rain At Last! By Theodore Epp
To have allowed the prophets of Baal to continue living and exercising all their evil practices would have exposed the Israelites to further corruption.
It would have left the impression in the minds of these priests as well as the Israelites that the prophets of Baal, though agents of apostasy, were immune from judgment. God said that they were all to be destroyed. Not one of them was to escape.
When Elijah declared that there was the sound of abundance of rain, no rain had as yet fallen. There were no clouds in the sky, no thunder and lightning, nothing that gave visible proof that rain was imminent.
There was not a physical sign anywhere that rain was on the way. Elijah's statement was based on his faith in the Word of God.
The scene, as depicted in 1 Kings 18, is remarkable. Ahab was probably still surrounded by his nobles, riding in all his pomp to Jezreel--at least 16 miles away.
Then the rain began to fall, and ahead of the king ran Elijah in the power of the Lord. The countryside that had seen so much sun and so little rain was dry and hot and showed the ravages of the drought.
Then suddenly the sky was filled with dark clouds, the lightning flashed, the thunder rolled, and the rain poured down. The hand of the Lord was on His prophet, and Elijah outran the chariot to the gates of the city!
"For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise" (Heb. 10:36).