By Walter Lanyon
“GET THEE UP and eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundant rain.”
Thus spoke the prophet to Ahab. No one could believe such words; they were too good to be true. Three years had the scorching sun parched the ground, and the wells were dry and the riverbeds dusty highways. The brazen sky gave no evidence of it, and yet the prophet said, “There is sound of abundant rain.”
Ahab, running back and forth, looking for a sign and finding none, is representative of the person who is looking outside for signs and wonders. When the prophet makes a statement of a fact, it is in face of the direct opposite, as far as the testimony of the human sense is concerned. That is the reason for the insistence of “Be absent from the body,” “Judge not from appearances,” etc. There is sound of abundant rain, the drenching downpour of spirit on to the parched and dried life of any man. The more real the famine has been, the more drenching the rain will appear, but what good is it to tell a person “There is sound of abundant rain” when their cistern is dry and they are subsisting on a few cups of water? No good, because they can show you the reverse, and not only can they show you the contrary, but they can bring a thousand individuals who will verify every word they say. Further than this, they can even bring you men of learning who will prove by many arguments that it cannot possibly rain. And yet in the face of this the prophet says, “There is a sound of abundant rain.”
Finally, on the horizon of that brazen sky of despair appeared a tiny cloud, as small as a man’s hand. The prophet had spoken truly. “Faith is the substance (the very substance) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is the evidence of the unseen, the unheard thing that is about to be released into expression. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Unless you have faith in the principles of harmony your will never become a musician, and you will never produce melody. Unless you have Faith, which in the truest sense of the word is Understanding, Recognition, and Acceptance of the unseen, you cannot bring into manifestation these things. What is the good of saying, “There is a sound of abundant rain,” if you only hope there is? What is the good of prayer that only hopes it will be answered? No more than applying the principles of mathematics in the same manner. “Before they call, I will answer” is more than a pretty phrase. It is a statement of a fact to those who have ears and eyes a statement that what they ask for already exists, and is ready to come into manifestation, in spite of the hateful appearances to the contrary. Yea, though they be piled to the very heavens, and be as adamant as the rock of Gibraltar. Asking, then, becomes a process of speaking the decreeing word. “Ye shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass.” Asking, then, takes on the nature of calling forth that which is.
“Let the dry land appear” is asking for something to appear which already exists in the unseen. But there is no doubt about its appearing; there is no looking for it to appear there is the pure faith, or acceptance that it is so.
We are only beginning to recognize what exists in the unseen and unheard world about us. The radio gives us ample proof of certain things which would have been emphatically denied by our forebears. That bacteria are being destroyed by the use of vibration would have utterly amazed our grandparents, as well as the fact that sound can be photographed, reproduced, and recognized as the voice of a certain individual. A piece of vulcanized rubber and a bit of steel can reproduce the voice of one long since passed from the mortal picture. While all these human devices are but playthings to the giant power of which we have heard so much through the man Jesus. We are only beginning to understand that “Judge not from appearances” is more than a religious adage.
“If ye have faith ye shall say to yon mountain, ‘Be ye removed and be ye cast into the sea.'” But if you have not faith, or recognition of the principle of God everywhere present, then your saying is but idle words that are clouds without rain. But if you have faith, “ye shall say” and “it shall be so.” Do you hear? You who read this page? You?
Do you see why it is necessary to “go apart” to bide your own counsel? These things are not to be chattered about in the marketplace. They are reserved for the “Upper Room” of consciousness. If you desire them, the noisy voice must be silenced, and the asinine habit of setting the other fellow right, while you are full of obvious evils yourself, must stop. “I AM the way; walk thou in it.”
When you recognize that the substance you are asking for already exists, then you too will be able to say to a barren earth, parched for many years with the scorching sun of failure and lack, “There is a sound of abundant rain,” and believe it. What you discover in the invisible what you recognize as true of God will become true of the outer manifestation. “That which is told in secret shall be called from the housetops.” Yea, “in my flesh shall I see God.” But in order to see the manifestation of the rain, it must first be recognized in the invisible. “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man the things that are prepared for them that love the Lord.” “The things that are prepared.” When we recognize a thing from the spiritual standpoint of life, we will see it manifested in the visible world.
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