Today’s post is based on the story of Elijah versus the prophets of Baal. The prophets of Baal were idol worshippers while Elijah was the only prophet to openly stand for God. The challenge was to cry to their irrespective gods and let fire fall. Our brothers of Baal (a whole 450 of them) cried, shouted, prayed, jumped and cut themselves but nothing happened.
Elijah was so petty that he was teasing them from the sidelines saying things like they should shout louder because their god may be sleeping. This was until his turn came. He continued with his pettiness and said bring a barrel of water and pour on the sacrifice. They did. Then he did it again and again until four (4) barrels of water was poured and the sacrifice was dripping wet. He then cried to his ‘god’ to let fire fall.
I believe he asked for water to be poured in order to rule out every possibility of the miracle being a mere coincidence. (Before people will say the wood was dry or the sun too hot). You see, people have their ways of downplaying a miracle. When Jesus resurrected, the guards were forced to say some disciples came overnight and stole the body. See how they downplayed the greatest miracle of all time?
Hence, the sacrifice was dripping wet to the point that even if fire was set manually it would not burn. Then Elijah called fire to fall.
Our God as a consuming fire is no joke because fire did fall and our brothers of Baal were grossly ridiculed. It consumed the bull as sacrifice. Then it consumed the stone, the wood, licked up the water and even consumed the dust.
The testimony would not have been any less spectacular if the dust stayed intact. I mean fire just fell from heaven and consumed a sacrifice soaked in water? No one would have thought about the dust underneath. Still the fire came down and did not stop burning until every single thing was consumed on that altar.
Anything you are willing to lay before God, He is willing to purify with His consuming fire. Dare I say you still struggle in some areas because you have not gotten enough courage to lay it all out before God.
It is sometimes easy to have faith for the big things because when the answer comes it is hard to miss.
Just take a minute to think on the minutest detail of your life. Not your career or marriage or how to buy your own home someday, but think about things as little as what shirt to wear the next morning. Focus on things like your mood swings, your mole, your acne or what your next hair cut should be like.
Somehow in Christianity we have come to say that many things do not matter. One may have a nasty attitude but it does not matter. One may steal from church but he was hungry so it does not matter. One may walk naked on the streets but that also does not matter as God sees only the heart right?
Best believe that the God who consumed even the dust cares also about the tiniest detail of your life. Now I can understand why He numbers the hair on my head.
Once you realize that God is concerned about your wholesomeness you should make it a habit of carrying Him along every single decision.
I hate to see a Christian flourishing in ministry or their outward walk with God and suffer in the little things. There is provision in the cross to change your little behavioral flaws and other inconsistencies. All you have to do is lay them on the altar of sacrifice and let the fire fall.
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Story from; 1 Kings 18:20-39