1st Kings records the hilarious account of Elijah and the false prophets of Ba-al [Chapter 18]. It tells of Elijah’s famous challenge to the false prophets of the false gods of his time (it’s just new names, new false prophets and newer false gods in our time). It records Elijah’s humorous mocking of the false prophets of Ba-al [vs 27-28] and exposes the ridiculous antics of false religions. After the spectators saw how useless foolish ‘religious nonsense’ can be; Elijah called the people to him and repaired the altar of the REAL GOD of the bible. In the course of rebuilding the altar of the Lord we then read the result: verse 33 says “he put the wood in order”.
Years ago I often wondered why the Lord would bother to record such an obvious thing in the scripture. I thought, “of course Elijah put the wood in order, how could anyone think otherwise?” The entire altar was rebuilt and everything was done as it was supposed to be done. The Lord showed me the answer one day as I was studying this. Elijah did this, then Elijah straightened out that, then he put things back together the way God said, and then, after he put things the way God specified we see verse 38 “Then the fire of the Lord fell”… and not one moment sooner. The prophets of Ba-al had wasted their time calling upon a non-existent god. It is equally absurd to think the Fire of the Lord is going to fall on a false pastor or preacher or church or congregation.
The Fire of the Lord is not going to fall on a false bible, false doctrine or unsanctified altar. God doesn’t alter His holiness to accommodate our carnality, He won’t send the fire of the Lord onto an unsanctified, unqualified, unpurified, unbiblical pile of chaos. Yet we see ‘churches’ where the fire hasn’t fallen in a long time, if ever. Those of us who’ve been in old fashioned bible believing country churches were shocked when the fire did not fall. I hate to say it but now-days people are shocked when it does! Worse yet is a church where the folks would prefer the fire didn’t fall because it would stir things up and get people excited about God!
You can ‘mark’er down’ brethren: The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall on a false pastor! The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall on false doctrine! The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall on a false bible! The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall on a false church! The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall on false worship, false praise, false music, or unsanctified hearts! No Sir! The Fire of the Lord doesn’t fall until the wood is put in order!
Oh but when we PUT THE WOOD IN ORDER the Fire of the Lord falls! When it does lives are changed! When it does there is a New Creature in Christ! There is spiritual renewal! There is a spiritual awakening of hearts! When the church “puts the wood in order” in the pulpit, the church gets excited and the people find themselves drawn to the altar of God. They become an Elijah in their family and in their homes! Listen sir! Hear me Ma’am; if you will put the wood in order in your heart, your home, your prayer time, your study time the Fire of the Lord will fall on it!