DECEMBER 13: REPAIRING THE ALTAR

REPAIRING THE ALTAR

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 
... And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me, and all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he made a trench about the altar ..."
1 Kings 18:21; 30-32
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Today's Read: 1 Kings 18; Psalm 62
The number of times in which Israel forgot about God and replaced him with the idols of the pagan nations and peoples around is too many to count.
The number of times God showed Himself faithful to "such a people" overshadowed that number and speaks powerfully to the suggestion of a promise-keeping, never-leaving, never-forsaking God.
That what's we have in our story today.
The prophet Elijah steps to the forefront of a sin-laden, hard-hearted nation, and he simply begins to repair an altar that had been forsaken and forgotten for too long.
He rebuilds it, reinforces it, and utilizes it as the "station" by which God will once again reveal His glory to HIs people from.
Engaging himself in a visual "exclamatory" he prepares an altar with sacrifices, and drenches the trenches and sacrifices with water until they are literally overflowing, and in a contest between the god of Baal and the God of Israel, he calls out to God to display His power and authority, once more, to this unbelieving hard-hearted people.
And God displays Himself as only God can, in a response to one man's plea and prayer:
"Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that Thou art the Lord God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again."
Hmmm ....
"And the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it they fell on their faces, and they said,
'The Lord, He is the God;
The Lord, He is the God.'"
1 Kings 18:37-39
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Pray for God to remove the hardness that clings to your heart and causes you to resist Him, and once more, build your "altar" beginning with repentance and an earnest anticipation of seeing the glory of God.
A revelation of God's power is going to be given to a special seeking individual today.
May that individual be you.
Pick up your stone ...
And begin to rebuild.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) After today's "Read" record a personal discovery that God displays to you.
2) Begin to rebuild a "forsaken altar" with the symbol of a "stone" of some sort, and record the date on it.
3) The signficance of prayer, and the power contained in it, is not understood until it is actually put forth.
Earnestly make your plea to God in a conversation called prayer this moment.
May the trenches receiving the drenches display the impossible and incomprehensible glory of God to you.