I’ve been distracted with much of what is happening in the world these days. Beyond distraction, it has taken on a priority beyond what is good for me.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:3-6 ESV)
It never felt like I was bowing down or serving this distraction, rather these issues on my mind seemed quite important to consider and pay attention to. At their root is evil, the plans of the enemy… so should I not resist such evil? Well, perhaps; but within the loving boundaries written to me by my Sovereign God.
I recalled a time several years ago when God opened his word to me to caution me against walking by the light of my own fire. The circumstances were a bit different but the heart issue was/is the same. Do I fear the LORD? Do I trust in Him alone? Am I taking refuge in the Mighty Rock or am I walking after distractions…idols…putting my confidence in something other than God? Am I standing on God’s word to discern what ‘light’ is being trusted in by myself or those God has placed near me to love and care for?
As I further consider how to guard against worship of idols and serving anything other than Jesus Christ, I realize a most simple check on my heart//mind is to look at what I’m passionate about pursuing and passing on to others. Am I offering a light of my own or the Light of the Gospel?
Whose light do you carry… whose words do you speak 03 Apr 2008
Isaiah writes in ch50 v10,11, ‘Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his servant?’ When I see such a question I know I want to be one of the ‘Who among you’. He writes, ‘Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.’
Well, I know that describes me before God saved me. I walked in darkness and I had no light. But God saved me and gave me faith to trust in Him. He brought me into His light…He put His light within me. I take refuge in this verse. I want to make certain I am one of the ‘who among you’.
And as I take refuge in verse 10, I take warning in verse 11 which reads ‘Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.’ I DO want to be one of the ‘who among you’ and I DON’T want to be one of those who ‘lie down in torment’. Who are they? They are those who prepare their own fire and light their torches from their own fire and walk by that light.
Can I fear the LORD, trust in His name and also kindle my own fire? I take warning from this verse because it seems that not only is this a pronouncement on those who walk by the light of their own fire…they ‘shall lie down in torment’, but I am cautioned about chasing after another’s light or keeping my own fire kindled.
Why would I keep my own fire kindled? Do I have a fire more comforting than the LORD’s? Do I have a light that illuminates better than His word? Does ‘my light’ lead others to fear the LORD and obey him?
Jesus gave his light to a blind man in John 9 and it caused quite a stir; and Jesus said to him in v39 “for judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
So I want to be one who fears the LORD and I don’t want to kindle my own fire and walk by the light of my torch, nor lead others by any other light than the Light of the world…Jesus Christ.
With gratitude to my loving heavenly Father, my interceding High Priest and His indwelling Spirit who opens the very words of God to me.