Anatomy of the Candle of the Lord

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The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. Proverbs 20:27

I have contemplated this scripture before, but during recent weeks I have given time here, and I have learned what a rich portion of God’s Word this is. At first glance the full meaning of the words eluded me, so that I puzzled over their significance..the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord…What precisely does that mean?

The consideration of the very nature of a candle was indicated. A candle is soft, pliable, and, while possessing a wick and thus capable of showing fire, it has no light of its own, nor does it have within its form a way of flaming itself. Yet one sees that said candle is designed to give light, to carry flame, to warm a dank room, to illuminate a dark place. Indeed, in the early shaping of the tallow and the melding of its wick, the vision is certain: a candle is here. A flare that will burn and that will give light.

Then comes the fagot. The candle is soft, its wick willing. The fire catches, tentatively at first, the flame aflicker with hesitation, wavering, hovering, then finally catching a firm breath of oxygen, the candle burns straight and true. It is ablaze now, pliable, yielding, now living out its life as such taper was intended.

And so is man. Created in the image of God, we have no light of our own, rather, we are His candle. Soft and pliable, when God’s spirit moves over us, we yield ourselves to Him, to His glory and majesty. He flames and burns within us…and finally consumes us. With glorious radiance we light the dark and troubled world. We warm hearts of the broken and beam hope into empty soul of the straggler. We illuminate the dark corridors of abysmal despondency and bring heat to those who clamber along icy trail.

In so burning, the spirit of man is a revelation of God Himself. It is a natural phenomenon, for of such purpose was man created.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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17 Responses to Anatomy of the Candle of the Lord

  1. angiemama says:

    Simply BEAUTIFUL!

    Brings to mind the scriptures Matt 5:14-16

    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

    15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

    16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    Great work, take care, God bless

  2. Shirley says:

    Hello, Angiemama–

    Welcome to my blog. Hope you visit here often.

    Thank you for the additional, very pertinent scripture and for the compliments. God’s Word is so rich and powerful. To live for Him is so divine. How blessed we are.

  3. angiemama says:

    Amen sister! i have been having a look around and I really admire you passion for the Master, and your consistency. What a wonderful ‘net-witness’ you are for the Lord!

    I have had a quick look around, and please be sure I will return many times to read.

    Take care, God bless,

  4. Shirley says:

    Thank you again, Angie.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. writeathome says:

    Beautiful devotional, Sister Buxton. I too, thought of the Scripture above that angiemama posted. I want to be His candle in my neighborhood, city, blogworld and where ever I go.

  6. Loys says:

    Shirley: Yes, what beautiful thoughts, thank you for sharing with us I know it takes time to post, especially with all the Christmas wrapping you are doing. What fun!

    I’m going to share with two young ladies I just sat and talked with yesterday about allowing God to be all consumming in their lives. Now God has used your thoughts to add to the conversation, He is so good all the time.

    Have a joyous Christmas with family and friends.

  7. Shirley says:

    Good morning, CAROL and LOYS

    Thank you for your kind words and for also appreciating the Word of God. Each of us in our own part of the world has the blessed opportunity of letting our lights shine before those around us. Awesome, huh?

    Have a wonderful Christmas–both of you.

  8. helenl says:

    I like this a lot, Shirley, but in the end I am where you began: Just what does “the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” mean? The flame of a candle always burns upward,licks toward heaven. But human spirits don’t always look to God. Oh, we should, but we don’t. I am left with more wondering.

  9. Shirley says:

    Good evening, Helen.

    It’s a constant struggle isn’t it. I believe God wants us to be willing and pliable so that His spirit can be revealed through our lives.

    Think of a piece of granite–hard and unyielding. Strike a match there, and it will refuse to burn, to submit to the flame. But the soft wax of the candle yields to the burning, casts a beautiful and helpful light, and is finally consummed. Where is that scripture that says something like “he who would lose his life will gain it?” Luke and Matthew

    Be well.

  10. elmantheman says:

    Hi, may I share a poem made not so long time ago.

    A Christian’s Life

    He lits a candle
    for every weary souls
    who travels to, fro.

    the brighter its light
    the more wax melts and drips down
    in a gloomy night.

    a stream of white
    smoke will soon leave the wick,
    in His hand it’ll rests.

    (06feb2007) haiku

    Published at


  11. Paulyn says:


    Such a beautiful thought! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  12. Shirley says:

    Merry Christmas to you also, Paulyn. God bless your family and you.

  13. Shirley says:

    Elman, thank you for sharing the beautiful poem. Be blessed today.

  14. tommyjoe says:

    Good verse of scripture and also liked those that angiemama used! We’ll never view the anatomy of a candle in the same light again. HA. Clever!

  15. Wendy M says:

    I read this verse this morning and could not understand what it meant. I looked it up on the Internet and landed on your page. What a beautiful explanation… thank you for sharing. Wendy M

  16. I woke up this morning with that verse of scripture on my heart. Thank you for sharing your God-given wisdom and revelation concerning this.

  17. Joseph says:

    God bless you brother

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