Day 193: Repairing the Altar of Praise
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. — 1Ki 18:30 KJV
God's program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah "repaired the altar of Jehovah that was thrown down." That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain...Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even into death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless." -Andrew Gih
Our praise is in vain if our hearts are not right. Sin is like bugs that splatter on our windshield and block our view of God. We turn on the wipers to clear it up, but all it does is smear even worse. A clean windshield requires more than turning on the wipers. It involves washing and scrubbing and rinsing.
I remember driving up from Texas to Indianapolis without cleaning my windshield from the bug guts splattered across it. I thought it would be funny until my truck broke down 3 hours from Indianapolis. A friend had to drive to tow my vehicle the one hundred and fifty miles in the middle of the night. He used a tow strap to pull me. If you've ever had to do that, you understand that the towed vehicle has the responsibility to do the braking for both cars. My friend was a speeder. He was pulling me at ninety miles per hour! The oncoming traffic's headlights were reflecting off the bug guts and blinding me. I could barely see a thing! I regretted my idea of not cleaning the windshield!
Sin saps our power with God. It grieves His heart. It breaks down our relationship with others. It hinders our ability to see oncoming problems. We need to keep the windshield clean!
Just like our personal altar with God. When was the last time we cleared the ashes and prepared for a new fire to be started?
The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. — Lev 6:13 KJV
Have we let our fire for God go out? It's best if we admit we have. We must make it right and must make amends. Only the blood of Christ will right our relationship with God, and only confession and restitution can make our relationships right toward others. Then, and only then can God light the fire of our altars once more!