Have you ever been spooked by your own shadow?
Whether or not you get frightened by it, your shadow is harmless. It is not the real thing so there is no merit to putting fear into it. More on that to follow.
With shadows on the mind, let’s look at two verses that might shed some light (pun intended!) on shadows.
Psalm 23 is, perhaps, the most well-known chapter of the bible. Believers and non-believers alike could quote portions of it from memory.
“The Lord is my shepherd…” WOW! Talk about an attention-grabbing start!
But wait for verse 4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 KJV
There is also a ‘shadow’ reference in the New Testament. Yes, there are multiple verses but I am going to look at one. James 1:17 gets the spotlight (yes, another pun intended).
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
Here are the two verses side by sided so you can make a comparison.
Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” KJV
Shadow: a death-like or deep shadow; being in extreme danger
James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” NIV
Shadow: either a shadow cast by an object, or a faint image or copy of an object.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in the first situation. We are facing what may seem like death. But God does not lead us into death. Behold, He is with us in our trouble. We can take great comfort in these words.
We can also count on God’s faithfulness. His character remains unchanging. James says God is not like the shadows that shift and change with the passage of time. We can count on Him.
Next week, there is another shadow that needs to be brought to light (yep, on purpose).
So here is this week’s take home from twominuteswithtim;
If you are gripped with fear or are unsure of your circumstances, trust that God has not left you or changed His mind about you. He is madly in love with you and will protect you.
I hope this post was a bright spot in your week. Lit!
Watt? Another light joke?!?!