Wobbly Humans; Mighty Exploits

Tiny cloud

“Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (James 5:17-18).

“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”’” (1 Kings 18:44).

Elijah was a frail human just like you and I are frail humans. His human vulnerability is actually seen immediately following this epic story of triumph recorded in 1 Kings 18, as he goes running for his life with a death wish wrapped around his emotions. The point is, frail humans are God’s chosen instruments for moving massive mountains on this earth. Are you feeling wobbly today? GREAT! You are a perfect candidate to be used mightily by Him!

What captures my attention about this story is Elijah’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Long before there was any audible noise of rain in the natural realm, he had already heard the sound of a torrential downpour in spirit. So convinced was he of what his Lord had shown him, that a minute little cloud was enough of a sign for him. He was so tuned into God’s subtleties that he recognized the miniscule wisp of moisture particles as Heaven’s communication.

He ran with it. He moved into action immediately, releasing the monumental prophetic announcement, “The drought is over!” And truly, it was.

When you have been praying and praying, and all you can see on the horizon of your circumstances is a tiny, subtle shift, how do you respond? In spite of being a frail human like Elijah, will you believe what God has promised you? Will you run with it?

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What does the “cloud the size of a man’s hand” represent to you?

 

19 thoughts on “Wobbly Humans; Mighty Exploits

  1. Great message Jennifer!
    I am that wobbly human today. Thank God for confirmation bse this same message was what my dear friend sent me this morning when I shared with her my heart. And here it is am reading it again! I feel so strengthened in my faith that God is up to something good!!

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    1. Smiling lovingly to read your words. How generous is His Holy Spirit. Thank You, Daddy God for your faithful encouragement, comfort, and strengthening! Sending up a special prayer for you right now, my dear sister. ❤

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  2. I was on the original board of a Christian school that was just starting up, amid threats of a lawsuit from the local public school district, lack of a facility, and other (as yet) major unmet needs. As we bowed our heads to pray at the first board meeting, one of the men groaned, “O Lord, I feel SO inadequate!”
    My immediate thought was, “We’re going to be OK.”
    (We were. God got us through a lot in the coming years, and it’s now a wonderful school with a great staff and a couple hundred students.)

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    1. That brings a smile to my face! I was just listening to a podcast last night where Bill Johnson said, “If it’s not overwhelming to you, than it’s probably not God’s vision, because He will always call us to do things way bigger than ourselves, so He will get all the glory!” I love your testimony. Thank you so very much for sharing it!

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  3. Thank you Jennifer. Wobbly human beings indeed. Love your reference to Elijah; God the Holy Spirit was with him but not all the time. only when he needed to have Godly insight or miracle enabling (healing of the widows son). Praise God that the wobbly human beings at Pentecost suddenly became mighty people of faith. Now in our day wobbly humans often struggling in our humanity have the provision of God the Holy Spirit indwelling 24 hours a days. Our big problem is that we keep wobbling onwards even though we are following the risen Saviour and don’t look upwards and Thank God that He lives within. Wobbly ones all. We do have Divine help ever available.

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    1. AMEN! How unspeakably grateful I am for His Holy Spirit indwelling and filling and empowering me, taking me from glory to glory! Truly He is the treasure in these jars of clay! We glorify You, Father! 😀 Thank you, as always, for sharing, my sister!

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  4. I so love this Jennifer. I am so frail, so wobbly, so stupid, so busy, so worldly. I forget and take advantage of so much. But when I have the slightness nudge, goosebumps, the tiniest glimpse of this cloud (this personal connection) even for a tiny second. I run full force to my knees with the greatest of gratitude. And pray for more MORE!!! I LOVE YOU!!!

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