The Lord said to Moses “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering. The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar” Leviticus 6:9
There is a precious lesson here in this otherwise easily-missed Old Testament scripture.
The fire under the altar in the Tabernacle was not allowed to go out. The altar was where the sacrifices were killed and cooked according to the instructions in the Law of Moses.
Have you ever been deeply challenged in a meeting or in your devotional time and made a promise to God? “God I will read the Bible daily.” “God I will pray every day.” “God I will give regularly.” Or you may have promised not to do certain things. “God I won’t swear anymore.” “God I won’t look at porn again.” “God I won’t speed anymore.”
But then a little while later your promise is tested. Your promise was made in the “day” season with the best of intentions. But now it’s the “night” season and it’s hard to summon the strength to hold on.
That’s where this little passage above helps. The fire was kept burning under the altar, day and night. Our vows to God have to be kept, not just when it’s easy but when it’s hard too. God knows our weaknesses but He also wants us to keep our promises to Him.
Keep the fires burning. Don’t back down from a promise you’ve made to God just because it’s all too hard now.
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