Strange Fire

In Leviticus 9:23-24, we read, "And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. (24) And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces."
What a wonderful thing to behold - God's fire coming down and consuming the sacrifice! The people who saw it were affected by it - they shouted and fell on their faces.
In the very next verses (10:1-2), we see the sons of Aaron (Nadab and Abihu) getting into the act and taking advantage of the emotions of the people. They offered incense, but this time, they manufactured the splendor for their own glory; God's fire didn't come down, but that was okay - they had their own fire. When God fire showed up, it was to consume Nadab and Abihu!
We often see such things happen today - a show of our own trying to evoke the reaction of God's people but not in God's way!
Sometimes it is fog machines, skinny jeans, and devilish music that is trying to get an emotional response from people. Maybe it is opportunists who take advantage of the tender hearts of God's people and try to replace prayer meetings with multi-level marketing scams. Maybe it is simply allowing routine and schedules to take the place of the living presence of God in our midst!
It is time that we get back to doing God's work God's way. God is just as passionate and jealous as He ever was. Learn from the example of Nadab and Abihu, and seek the mercy and grace of God while there is still a window of time available to make a difference in a Godless world!