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.