Rebuild the Altar
Before the rains came. Before the storm clouds showed up before the fire came down and consumed the stones and the sacrifice and the water in the pit, Elijah the chosen man of God stood before the multitude surrounding him on Mt. Carmel and started a construction project.
Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 1 Kings 18:30
When God reached out to Elijah and sent him over to Ahab to declare the famine, the king and the children of Israel had completely turned away from the Lord God. They had chosen the ways of Baal and forgotten the holy one of Israel. They abandoned the old altars of sacrifice and built new ones for their false gods.
Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him. 1 Kings : 16:33
The restoration of rain and blessing upon the land had to begin with the restoration of the altar to the Lord.
What is an Altar?
the place of worship
the place where you meet God
the place where you find your healer/savior/hand of God/delivered life/miracle worker
Elijah prepared himself to rebuild the altar.
When we feed the outer man, we build more cravings for the world. The inner man instead starves to death. When you feed the outer man, you will become unstable.
A broken altar doesn’t bring any transformation in us, it turns our relationship with God into just another religion.
When there is no altar or if it’s a broken altar we become spiritually barren.
The broken-down altar speaks of our broken-down life and it shows dishonoring/disrespect towards God. If our prayers are not according to God’s will, God cannot honor our sacrifice.
God has always wanted to restore our broken life. If we desire the restoration, then we must repair our altars. We must restore it by reconciling with both God and man, just as how Elijah used 12 stones to rebuild the altar. We must be washed in the water of the Holy Spirit and bring a suitable sacrifice before the Lord.
Only then can we see the fire and rain in the coming days. Let us rebuild today.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:38