The lamp, warm dancing flame seen with silhouetted patterns on the wall. Soothing isn’t it? One could sit for hours in its glow, just admiring the effect it has on us. 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 His name, “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3) and the pillar of fire at night to the Israelites, extending His guidance (Exodus 13). Solomon dedicating the Temple, fire came down from heaven as God’s glory filled it (2 Chron. 7). One cannot talk fire without mentioning the showdown on Mt. Carmel, Elijah and his God against the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18) – we WIN!
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 lamp: 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.
I am currently leading our women’s group through the study of the Tabernacle of Moses, amazing story of being set apart and of sacrifice and light. With the joy and privilege of the lamps comes responsibility, requiring tending. The priests DAILY tended to the lamp in the Tabernacle, along with the sacrifice and the water, these needed daily attention. When God gave strict instruction of the articles for the Tabernacle, He included the ‘wick trimmers’ being made of pure gold. (Exodus 25:38)
In my research, I found the need that as we trim the wick short (i.e. of today’s waxed candles) we ‘cut off yesterday’s fire.’ If not, the wick begins to have a small build up causing the flame not to burn pure and burn too fast and this creating soot attaching itself to those things closest to the flame. We trim for a fresh, even, pure, lasting flame! Fresh Fire! Does that stir something in you?
The Lord spoke to me about the need to come DAILY, seeking His presence, His word, that FRESH FIRE, depending not on yesterday, but tending to TODAY. Representing a true pursuit of Him, giving Him priority and signifying value to our relationship. 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 His child, He will guide me – His temple, He will fill me. And just like Elijah, He will do great things in my midst.
How is our flame burning? Are we tending? Is it yesterdays fire, has it cooled down or gone out completely or perhaps a bit messy due to lack of attention.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)