This is installment #38 of the Proverbs 31 For The Average Woman Series. You can read more of this series by clicking on the Proverbs 31 Woman category in the right sidebar.
“Her candle goeth not out by night.” Proverbs 31:18b
We’ve already discovered that the Hebrew word is lamp and not candle. The original Hebrew words for this verse are:
niyr. . . kabah. . . layil
And mean literally:
lamp. . . quench/extinguish. . . night/gloom
This verse DOES NOT mean that the Proverbs 31 Woman works around the clock, burning her candle at both ends. It simply means that she was prepared for anything, especially in the night hours, in the gloom, to quench the darkness.
Because of her light, she extinguishes the gloom, the darkness. She bears the light wherever she goes. The effect of the glow of her soul shines on everyone.
Do you remember the story of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, the eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt? There was only enough oil to burn for one day, but miraculously the oil burned for eight days, until the olives could be pressed and consecrated oil could be prepared for the menorah.
Remember the purpose of the lamps from Leviticus 24:2 and 4:
Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. . . The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord must be tended continually.
The Proverbs 31 Woman is to keep her lamp burning continually. You have been blessed with a special ability to be a vessel that contains the oil of the Spirit. That oil can fill a lamp of illumination of spiritual truth, and is oil that can be applied as a medicinal anointing of loving help and ministry.
I’m sure there are times when you feel that you have nothing left to give. Might I point you to the story of the unending supply of oil from II Kings 4:4, that was miraculously supplied in time of need?
The Lord will help you to be His minister of peace and grace. You have much to give.
Your oil will burn longer than is humanly possible when you are shining His light. When the favor of the Lord is upon your life, you may accomplish seven times more than otherwise.
The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.” Isaiah 30:26
But, in order to burn your lamp, you must be full of this oil, and you must go often to the source in order to be continually filled. Commune with the source of the oil of the Spirit. Seek out your Father, your Creator, your Source. Go often to the supply. Be filled to the brim, so that when you are jostled, you spill over with abundance!
This is a gloomy world sometimes. It only takes one little spark to give hope in the darkness. Don’t worry. You don’t have to illuminate the whole world — Christ already did that, as He is the Light of the World. You don’t even have to spread a great glow of light. You merely have to extinguish the darkness by letting your light shine. Think what gloom your lamp can extinguish when its wick is trimmed, and it is burning bright.
Don’t hide your light under a bushel. No! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
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