No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
I remember when my girls were a lot younger, and so was I. They were playing in the guest room, where they weren’t suppose to be playing. Unfortunately that wasn’t the only thing they were doing wrong that day. They were also experimenting with matches. They had taken one of my dutch oven kettles, tore up a few pieces of paper and lit it on fire. As they heard me approaching they slid the kettle under the bed.... still in flames. Every time I read this verse, I think of that story... I wonder if they are reminded of the same. It’s a silly, stupid childish thing to do, but how many of us, when God has revealed something to us..... kind of shove it under the bed to deal with it later, where it is then forgotten?
Now with the girl's story, it could have been much more disastrous than it was... and likewise, when hiding the light God gives us can result in harm as well. Our verse says, instead.... “set it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.” Sometimes the light that is given to us is not only for us, but given for someone else too. They may be in a situation where they are not hearing the voice of God as they should. By us revealing it for all to see, that person can then at least hear it with his/her physical ears and be spared from much hardship.
This is one thing in our Christian walk that we should make sure we are aware of... that we don’t know all of God’s intent for the Word He has given to us. We may only see His purpose where it affects our own life and not how it might also affecting someone else’s life. We must all learn to draw a bigger circle that includes others as well as ourselves.
Father, thank you for the light you give us. May I not be a hindrance to the light you want to show to others through me. Open my ears always to hear your voice. May I see clearly those things obstructing your voice and rid myself of them. Thank you for your continual love and guidance. Amen