Trim Your Wick
Trim Your Wick
The CANDLE . Warm glow, dancing of the flame, the slow drip of the fragrant wax. Soothing isn’t it? One could sit for hours in its shadow, just admiring the affect it has on us.
At bible study, as the women enter they are greeted with a white linen covered table; with two tapered candles burning in long stem crystal holders. The atmosphere is warm and elegant, inviting. There is something about … a flickering flame.
The Lord revealed Himself many times in the flame, the bush with Moses, where he was commissioned, and Yahweh gives us His name, “I AM THAT I AM” (Ex. 3). The pillar of fire at night to the Israelites, extending His guidance, warmth and protection (Ex. 13). Solomon dedicating the Temple, fire came down from heaven as God’s glory filled it (2 Chron. 7). One can not talk fire, forgetting to mention the show down on Mt. Carmel, Elijah and his God against the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18).
Oh, we may not be calling God down from heaven these days to consume our sacrifice to prove a point, but the use of the flame on a smaller note, we can understand. The theme of the candle or lamp in the bible is strong. In Psalm 18:28 David writes “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness”. Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path“. It is God that burns, His presence, His word that lights our way; it is in our very next step we desire Him to be present. Light our way O God!
With the joy and privilege of the candle comes responsibility, tending. The priests DAILY tended to the lamp in the Tabernacle. Along with the sacrifice, the water, the light, these needed daily attention. When God gave strict instruction of the articles for the Tabernacle, He included the ‘wick trimmers’. Exodus 25:38, the wick trimmers were made of pure gold.
The Lord spoke to me about the need to come DAILY, seeking His presence, His word, that FRESH FIRE, depending not on yesterday’s experience! As I trim my wick and prepare for a fresh word from God, His presence comes. As He did with Moses, He will reveal Himself to me, commissioning me for the day. As the Israelites, He will guide me. As His temple, He will fill me. Just like Elijah He will do great things in my midst.
How is your flame burning? Is it yesterdays fire, or has it gone out completely? Seek as David did,.. ‘light my candle O God!
Fresh Fire. trim your wick, for a pure, even, lasting flame, Go God! (wouldn’t that look great on the Yankee candle label)
Have a God loving, burning bush week.
In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 You thrill me, LORD .)
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Thank you so much for publishing this insight. I paint, not professionally, just for my God and myself. He has been stirring in me this image, a woman, so beautiful, I was led to believe she is us, the bride of Christ. So, waiting for the rest of the image to come, I read of the ten virgins. So I wonder to God, what did the lamps look like and why trim the wick? I googled the questions. I see what the lamp may have looked like, and the question of wick trimming was best answered, I feel by a wick company and by you. I first read that of a company, they explained how trimming the wick cut down smoldering, made a brighter round light, now this is speaking of oil lamps, not candles. There were plenty of other comments by other gifted scholars, but yours explained what was in my spirit. I so look forward to the Lord trimming my wick as I am sure you do to. Thanks again for your words and God bless. Tomasena
March 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm
Thank you for your comment Tomasena, God has such a wonderful way of orchestrating our desires and fullfills them amazingly so … through others. He is good.
March 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm
Thank you so much for writing this.
My freind read this and brought this entry to our scripture study group. We all had something to confirm and add to this lesson. I didn’t realize that the wicks needed to be trimmed. Now to see what God has for me in my life and what needs to be cut off and trimmed back. I realize we need to come daily for fresh” manna” But also daily fresh fire!!
WE also explored the scripture in Isiah 42:3
A bruised reed he will not bend and a smolderng wick he will not snuff out.
August 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm