“For Thou will Light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
It is astounding how one small candle can so easily permeate complete darkness, while radiantly revealing anything within the path of its rays. The Light not only sets you aglow, it highlights every item within the room. The closer any item is to the Light, the more radiant it appears.
There is a wonderful story, from an anonymous author, that I received via email about a man who decided that he really did not want to return to church any longer. When the Pastor of his church stopped by for a visit, the man answered the door, greeted the Pastor, and invited him in. Both men sat in separate recliners, in front of a blazing fire in the man’s den, neither saying a word. Words were unnecessary; both men knew why the Pastor was there.
As they were silently watching the fire, one of the hot coals fell out of the blazing fire onto the hearth surrounding the fireplace. Both men silently watched the single coal as it sat by itself on the ground, its blazing light getting dimmer and dimmer until it was close to black. The Pastor slowly got up from his chair, leaned down, picked up the coal, placed the coal back into the fire, and silently sat back down. Both men watched as the corners of the little coal slowly lit until it became blazing hot. After a few minutes of watching the transformation of the coal, the Pastor said, “It’s time I got going.” Both men arose and went to the door.
“-So, I will see you on Sabbath?” The Pastor asked, turning to look at the man. His question posed more like a statement in a questioning tone than an actual question. “Oh yes, Pastor!” The man answered jubilantly, “I will see you on Sabbath!”
As we commune within the body of Christ, we share in the Light of God, radiating His essence within the body and unto the world. Each Believer is a tiny spark of God’s Light in this world. Yet, sparks have a way of fizzling out. So, we must maintain a concerted effort to strengthen our connection. The closer we are to the source of all Light, God, the more illuminating we will be to the world. The question today is, “Are you sharing your Light; or, like the little coal, has your Light dimmed?” L.
Study Reference: Psalm 18:28, Ephesians 5:13-14
From: "Staying Lit." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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