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Courage 4 / Chop The Wood


Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.”[b] 32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. 35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.  1 kings 18


We’ve got to get ready in the simple every day parts of our lives.  If you want fire in your life you don’t just go “boom here I am, I’m ready” – you prepare.

The amazing encounter with God, the fire falling on the altar came after the altar was rebuilt, after the trench was dug, after the wood was cut and after the ox was prepared.  All of these elements take work.  Digging.  Building.  Hard Labour.   Elijah had to prepare for the fire to come.

Paul puts it like this – fan into flame.  Press on.  Run the race.

Chop the wood.  Pray.  Read the Bible.  Go to church.   Serve.  Give.  Worship.

Do the everyday things to make your life an altar for the fire to fall.

Chopping the wood takes time, effort, and consistency.  It is often done in the unseen places, in private preparation.  [To read the rest of the post head over to One Passion One Devotion]

4 thoughts on “Courage 4 / Chop The Wood

  1. Lynn Hare

    Claire, excellent article. In your full article, you ask: "What are the intentional actions that you do to build your marriage, to love on your kids, to connect with those in your world, to grow in your calling and steward the life that God has given you?" I set Wednesdays aside for soaking time with the Holy Spirit. I spend prime time with my family and listen to what's on their heart. I send handwritten cards of encouragement to people to uplift them. I'm writing a book that has taken more perseverance than any project I've put my shoulder to. How about you, Claire and Ben? What are your intentional actions?

  2. Ben

    Recently, a sermon i was listening challenged me to slow down to the speed of revelation. That spoke to me. I've tried (not always successfully) to stop trying to check things off my list, and wait on the Lord.

    Life militates against that in so many ways. Sounds like you've got some great practices in place Lynn. That's super encouraging.


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