Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 3 (day three)
“The lamp of God had not yet gone out.” These words refer to an actual lamp with an actual flame—the lampstand at the curtain on the other side of which sat the ark of the covenant. It was to be kept burning from evening till morning. This detail of dimly burning fire serves to mark the time as the wee hours. But it marks something else, too. It signals to us that God has not given up on saving the human race. We know that these words indicate God’s intention because we can look at the entire witness of scripture in a way that the people living it at the moment could not. In every night dimly-lit, in every church persecuted, in every incident of God’s supposed slowness, there rises the providence of God.