Scripture Reading: Proverbs 6:27-28
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
Reflection: The writer of Proverbs hits the nail right on the head when he poses the question ‘ Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?’. The answer is obvious. Certainly once you introduce fire into your bosom, you are bound to be burnt. Within this proverb lies a word of caution to guide us in life. Fire in your bosom in a proverbial sense means troubles in your life. As you navigate the path of life, you have to be careful about what you introduce or bring into your life. This is because at a later time it may become the source of trouble in your life. At that point you would have realized that what you brought into your life was indeed ‘fire in your bosom’. The story of Israel and the conquest of Ai is a key example ( Joshua 7:1-12). As Israel marched to conquer the city of Ai, they were sure of double victory but lost the battle miserably. So shocked and perplexed, Joshua went before the Lord for an explanation. The answer by the mouth of the Lord said it all-Archan’s possession of a Babylonish garment and an amount of silver and Gold had become ‘fire in their bosom’ causing them to be defeated. At the time Achan took these accursed items, he had no idea that they were fire in disguise. Watch what you introduce or allow into your life: it could be fire in disguise!
Prayer: Lord, help me to discern what will become fire in my bosom so that I do not give it a chance in my life.
Confession: I will allow myself to be led by the spirit God at all times. I will never bring anything into my life which will end up creating troubles in my life. Nothing which constitutes fire in disguise can access my life.