Did you know that there was actually a position called ‘Lamp Trimmer’? According to Wikipedia, a Lamp Trimmer was a specialist position aboard a ship who was in charge of keeping the lamps filled with oil and trimming the wick which drew the oil from the reservoir so that the flame would be clean and bright.
You can still have a flame without trimming the wick, the thing is, if the wick isn’t properly trimmed, the flame that’s created will be full of smoke and give off a dim and cloudy light. There are actual instructions on how to properly trim a wick to give off optimal light. Back in the days before electricity was harnessed to give us a different kind of light, this art was taught and handed down generationally.
You may be asking me why I’m going on about the art of lamp trimming? I’m glad you asked, because since I posted yesterday, I can’t seem to get it out of my head. Matthew 25:7 says, So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps. Well, based on reading the above, they didn’t just light their lamps, they trimmed the wick for optimal light and filled the base with oil so that it would burn for hours.
Why should you have to trim the wick each time you light it? Because even the wind can effect the way the wick burns. After adverse conditions, the wick must be trimmed so that when it’s lit again, it will give optimal light.
My friends, dealing with adverse reactions to circumstances in our lives, things that undermine our trust in God, things that cause our faith or flame to waiver, must be dealt with daily. To allow the light of Gods Word to shine through our lives, we must allow the oil of the Holy Spirit to bring us into ALL truth, not just a part of it.
Hebrews 4:12 says; For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
In The Passion Translation it reads; For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Oh Lord, trim me today. May nothing cloud my flame. May I be full of Your oil, trimmed and ready to light the way so that others may find You and experience the light of Your presence. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.