God will turn their hearts back to him

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering 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 said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.”
— 1 Kings 18:38–39

The history of the Israelites is filled with encounters with the fire of the Lord. Many times, the people reacted with fear, and rightly so. Fire is a dangerous tool, and unless it is controlled, will consume everything it touches. Fire is so dangerous, in fact, that in modern society we invest significant money and effort to ensure that we are well-equipped to fight it. Step outside your home, and its likely that you can see a fire hydrant from your door step (ours is in the parking strip). A readily available source of water is a necessary precaution, and what a blessing it is that we have it.

However, when it comes to the fire of the Lord, we have no such defense. Elijah illustrated perfectly that when God chooses to consume his offering with fire, it doesn’t matter what condition the offering is in. It doesn’t matter how much covetous idolatry his people engage in; God will turn their hearts back to him.

In prayer this morning:

Ask God to reveal through his Word any idolatrous tendencies in your own heart, and to turn your heart back to him in repentance.