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August 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Shadow Ops
'He... shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.' Psalm 91:1 NKJ

What is the ‘shadow of the Almighty’? You might think of an overcast day and wonder if this is a bit of a not–very–sunshiney gloomy thought. But if you’d been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last forty years—which is exactly what God’s people had been doing for a fair chunk of the Old Testament (post–Prince of Egypt)—then it’s something a little more appealing. So the Israelites, as you can imagine, liked a good shadow or two. It meant shelter and comfort in a very hot climate. What does it mean for us? We know that God’s personality isn’t all–guns–blazing, instead He’s our place of safety. We can read ‘shadow’ as ‘safety’. In the blistering heat of life’s battles, temptations, and worries, God is the life–saving shadow we can always come back to. Yes, we have to go on the offensive sometimes, and withstand the attacks of Satan, and fight back with Scripture. But, in reality, as humans, we aren’t set up to be at the forefront of battle all the time. We need to rest in God. Think about this: could you spend the whole day walking in the shadow of the person beside you. How close would you have to stay to be able to manage it? Would you have to change the rhythm of your walk to stay there? What does this tell you about ‘being in God’s shadow’? Yep, stay close and move as God moves.

SoulFood: 2 Chron 29-31; Luke 17:20-37; Ps 119:137-144; Pro 22:11-13

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd

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