Drought

What is a drought? It is a season of dryness. I remember a summer when it was dry for almost the entire summer. People in that area began having nightly prayer meetings for rain. After months of praying, the rain came.

Spiritually, we hit these seasons of drought. I go through seasons where I have great ideas for messages I will preach, blog posts I will write, and other ideas for various areas of my life. Then I hit a dry spell. Blog posts are dry, preaching falls flat, and I get into a rut. We all get into a rut, living life from paycheck to paycheck, going through the daily routine with little to no excitement, and rising out of bed to do it all over again.

Scripture speaks of the longest drought in history. It lasted 3 1/2 years. First Kings 18 tells of how this drought ended following the victory over the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. Elijah prayed and first said there was the sound of abundance of rain. No one could see the signs until after looking the seventh time. Then there was only a cloud. Elijah had enough faith to know that the rain was coming, so he told King Ahab to make preparation before the rain would stop him. Then it poured.

Our seasons of drought vary in length. We can experience spiritual dryness for days, weeks, months, or years. Eventually, the Lord will rain down upon us. We wrestle with God in Bible study, prayer, and various acts of obedience while we feel like God is overlooking us. He’s busy doing something in you that you cannot see. Just hold on! Rain is on the way!

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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