Do you know God is there but at times you just don’t feel His presence? Do you get impatient while you wait on the Lord to fulfill His promises or a hope of something to come?
Sometimes I think of my hope in God as having a shadow of His words; I can see it but I can’t feel it or touch it. Hebrews 11:1 encourages us:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the certainty of what we do not see.”
I admit there are times when I feel like the “shadow” just isn’t enough. I want the real thing – I want something I can see and touch. I want the reality of what I’m hoping for!
I was reading through passages in Isaiah and ran across this wonderful verse:
“I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand – I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, “You are my people.” (Isaiah 51:16)
As I pondered this I developed a whole new perspective on the idea of the “shadow” of God. In fact, my faith and confidence have become even stronger! A shadow can’t exist without the real thing or the real person nearby. A shadow is a replica and the same shape as the person. It means that the person is right there, casting his shadow, and standing above or near or next to you. In fact, the shadow clings to the person and can’t be separated from him.
How wonderful is that?
It’s like a child with his parent close enough to cast a shadow right over him. As long as the shadow is there, the child is secure, knowing that his parent is very close.
No wonder the Psalmist wrote:
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
The Shadow of His Presence
If the shadow of God’s hand is covering those who trust in Him, then it’s clear that He is right there, holding His hand out. We don’t need to fear because God is there, ready to help, protect, cover, intervene, lift us up, or whatever it is that we need. I don’t want to be anywhere else but under the shadow of the presence of the Lord.
The Shadow of His Promises
God is faithful and will fulfill what He promised. There are times that God gives us assurance from His Word that something we hope for will come, yet we pray and wait, sometimes for years. While we wait, we live with the shadow of His promise, the shadow of God’s word, knowing by faith that the reality of what we hope for is nearby.
The Shadow is the Proof
Now I have a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the shadow of God’s presence and His promises of things to come. I should never consider the shadow as less than the real thing! It is a promise, a guarantee that God is there and that His words are real.
I can have peace in difficulties and I can have hope in the waiting times because I have proof…… God’s shadow.