Today’s Reading: Leviticus 6:1-7:27 (additional reading Psalm 37:1-11 and Proverbs 10:3-4)
Key Verse: “The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” Leviticus 6:13
The word burning can cover a lot of different meanings from smouldering to a blazing inferno. The Hebrew word translated burning is, “yaw kad.”
The depth and intensity of its meaning are exemplified by this passage in Deuteronomy 32:22, “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” It speaks of a consuming fire!
William Arthur in his book ‘Kindled From On High’ wrote: “It is only by waiting before the throne of grace that we become endued with the Holy Fire. He who waits there long and believingly will imbibe that Fire and come forth from his communion with God bearing tokens of where he has been. The only way to gain spiritual power is by secret waiting at the throne of God for the enduement.
If you would have your soul kindled with the Fire of God you must draw near to the source of that Fire, to the throne of God and of the Lamb, and shut yourself out from the world – that cold world which so swiftly steals our Fire away. Enter into your closet and shut the door and there, isolated before the throne, await the Fire. It will fill you, and when you come forth, holy power will attend you, and you shall labour not in your own strength but “in the demonstration of the Spirit and of Power” (1 Cor. 2:4).”
When the Bible talks about laying down our lives as living sacrifices the implication of this is painful. Sometimes it does hurt, but by keeping the fire burning and living, God’s light will shine through us people will see him instead of us.
There is a story of a group of fishermen who while out fishing got caught in a storm. The wives of all the fishermen gathered to pray. While praying for their husbands’ safety, one of the houses in the village caught fire. The women tried to put it out, but with all the men out at sea there were not enough people, and the house burned to the ground.
The next morning the storm cleared and to the joy of everyone the fishermen were will alive and made their way into the harbour. The women who’s house burned to the ground was filled with joy when she saw her husband but then with sadness as she told him how the house had burned down.
Her husband said to her ‘Praise God that our house burned, if it weren’t for that burning light at shore we would all have drowned last night.’ You see the pain of the burning house was actually the salvation for the fishermen.
Life isn’t always comfortable, but wherever we find ourselves, even within the heat of painful circumstances, we must keep our fire burning for God. Let’s keep shining for him.
- When has God shined through a painful situation in your life or the life of someone you know?
- How can you kindle the fire of God in your life?
Father, Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to ignite us as Your people to shine for You. We recognize that it’s not about us, but it’s all about You. The hope for this world is not in what we can do, but in what You have done, so help us to shine and point others to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen