In scripture, we see many passages that speaks of God’s faithfulness to His promises and His word. From His promise to Abraham of making Him a father of many nations, to the promise of a Saviour being born by a virgin; God remains faithful to His word.

In Isaiah 55:10-11, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, where He said, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”.  

This passage reminds us that God is faithful to His word. It is also an encouragement that whatever He has said concerning your life (through a prophetic word etc.) will come to pass.   

On the other hand, we also see a pattern in scripture that may indicate that while God may declare a thing and remain faithful, the physical manifestation of that word is often activated through the recipient’s faith and prayer.

In 1 Kings 18:1, we are told that, “After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.”

The word of the Lord came to Elijah at the height of a three-year famine and drought, where the children of Israel had disobeyed the Lord and were serving idols. The word to the prophet was for him to come out of hiding and show himself to king Ahab, and God will send rain to the land.

After Elijah met with the king and defeated the prophets of Baal, there was still no sign of rain, although the Lord had spoken. What happened? Was God unfaithful or untruthful? No, He wasn’t.

In 1 Kings 18:41-44, we are told of what the prophet didto activate this promise of rain.

The passage reads, “And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees [praying]. “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.” 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.’”

Although the Lord had promised Elijah that in showing himself to the king, He would honour his obedience by sending rain to the land, yet it wasn’t straightforward. The promise hung in the spiritual realm until Elijah contended for it in faith and prayer.

The truth is that God is always faithful to His word, but sometimes it comes down to how much you really desire to live in His promises for you. What are you willing to do to make the promise a reality? What are you willing to sacrifice to have that promise? What steps of faith are you willing to take in hope of having it?

Like Elijah, contend for it in faith through prayer and acts of obedience, and you will see the manifestation of God’s promises in your life.

Be encouraged.    


Chris Eke