Esther 8:16 AV “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.”
Exodus 25:37 NIV “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.”
Humor me while I review the back story.
We are continuing our focus on the picture of Mordecai receiving all that God INTENDED him to have. It was initially delayed, but when it came it was larger than it would have been initially.
As a result of the justice of God in enlarging and releasing the gift, BECAUSE the devil dared to delay it, there was joy in the house.
Then last week we looked at the Ammonite Curse and the reasons why we would tend to push away the gifts God wants to give us. It is fun and easy to blame the devil for blocking the life of God from flowing to us on time, but sometimes we are to blame.
In the midst of my coming to terms with my own blind spot in pushing away gifts of God because I didn’t like the human messengers, and repenting for that, God also highlighted a situation in the past where a forefather listened to the human messengers and received something he should not have.
So now I am facing a conundrum. On the one hand, I broadly tend to sit in judgment on God and to push away the gifts of God that people bring to me, because I think I don’t need them. Very bad.
On the other hand, in this particular season of life, I am at great risk of receiving a “gift” that is not from God but claims to be and will massively compromise my birthright if I make that mistake.
So everyone coming to me with a gift needs to be wholeheartedly embraced so I don’t empower the Ammonite Curse and everyone coming to me with a gift needs to be treated with relentless suspicion lest they be a Trojan horse.
Can’t do both, God!
Grrr . . .
This apparently is not just about me. I had another leader share about an offer on the table that required a significant change in direction from where he had been headed for a long time. He summed it up, “This is either the biggest gift from God or the biggest trap from the enemy.”
Then add to that the fact that God has been saying (OK, I think it has been God!!!) for months that I need to be prepared for a massive change in the company. This will not be a small adjustment but a major redirection and restructuring.
So I say, “Yes and amen!” And I walk around looking intently at every far out option that crosses my path, wondering if this is IT.
I am now perfectly positioned for the greatest faith step of my entire life, moving seamlessly from one season to another, bucking all conventional wisdom, effortlessly shrugging off the howls of protest when I dismantle whatever program needs to be dismantled to make way for the new. This is the stuff that changes history.
I am also now perfectly positioned to buy the biggest bottle of snake oil the devil has on his shelf, single handedly destroying the work God has built, shrugging off all the wise counsel of all the godly people around me as I dismantle what is of God and throw all my efforts into the devil’s counterfeit which will never have life.
In the midst of THIS pressure, God warns me one week against rejecting gifts from people and warns me the next week against receiving gifts from people.
Note to God: You are not making this easy for me!
Note to son: And your point is?
In light of that, I chose the passage related to the placement of the golden lamp stand in the Tabernacle. There are a couple of analogies that stand out to me.
The place where the priests met God had no windows. No natural light was allowed in. I would love to get all human wisdom out of the picture here.
The lamp stand was not placed with consideration for the well being of the few people who came in. Rather it was specifically to light the space in front of it which is where the Table of Shewbread was. This I believe is a symbol of shining light on the Word to bring revelation.
Bringing it all together, my prayer for this week is that God would shine His light on a specific picture in Scripture that would effectively frame for me how I am to go forward.
We have frequently been helped by the question, “Where are we in Scripture today?” While the devil can certainly deceive through Scripture as easily as through people and circumstances, it is still a very good tool in times of indecision.
So this week, please make this one prayer your focus on a daily basis. Every time you have an irritation or obstacle in your life, lift up a short petition that God would shine His light on His Word to identify the nature of my battle at this moment.
Thanking you in advance for the prayer you invest for me, when you have plenty of your own dynamics to pray over.
Copyright June 2014 by Arthur Burk
From my Mercy retreat, with joy