Bright, warm, smells great, you can get close, but if you touch it, it will hurt you. Any guesses?
Yankee Candles are wonderful. To me, something is comforting about walking into a home that has that amazing smell of a candle burning.
In a way a candle being lit can resemble sin and the consequences of it. Sin looks appealing from the outside. It looks good, bright, and warm. It is disguised as not having consequences. But as soon as you taste that “fun” sin, after awhile your fingers will be burned from the consequences of falling into temptation. It may not happen in this lifetime, but remember all good and evil acts will be counted for on the day of judgment.
Romans 2:5-8 says,“But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of G-d’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed; G-d will pay each person according to what they have done to those who by persistence and doing good see glory, honor and immorality. He will give eternal life but for those who are self-seeking and reject the truth and follow evil, there’ll be wrath and anger.”
One of my favorite movies is Finding Nemo. At one point in the movie, Marlin and Dory end up in a physically dark section of the Sea. They cannot see anything, and find a light which ends up being a violent fish who tries to kill Marlin and Dory. When they see the
fish, it looks promising; they did not see a fish at first, they saw a light. They were all alone and they were searching for something; they wanted that light! When they approach the light, they realized that it was not what they thought it was. The light turned out to be violent towards them. They did not use much caution because they were desperate; just as sometimes when we feel like we are alone, we get desperate to find something. Satan will sometimes put lights or candles in our lives and disguise it as something beautiful, warm, and promising, and we end up in a deeper mess than we were before.
“Sin will take you farther then you want to go, keep you longer then you want to say, and cost you more then you wanted to pay”
Marlin and Dory just wanted some hope. I caution you to be careful for the kind of light that you try to pursue when you are looking for hope. Romans 8:38 says,
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither their height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”