Saturday, September 6, 2008

Shadows: Intro (part 4)

I know it seems that this introduction goes on forever, but I wanted you to understand some of the background that made it a real quest for me. This is the last set pf questions that I pondered before getting into the actual Shadow:

4. Could another reason we are still looking for Him be that we don't recognize Him? Have we listened to Him enough to recognize His voice? Do we know His hand when we see it?

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1

This is my favorite verse in the bible. I can close my eyes and feel the comfort and rest promised here. It really is a 911 verse for me.

Remember the devotional book I found on the chaotic trip to the bookstore? (last paragraph of that link) The following excerpt is from Joy in Christ's Presence by Charles Spurgeon:

“The shadow of God is not the occasional resort of the saint, but his constant abiding-place. . . . We ought never to be out of the shadow of God. . . . It is to dwellers, not to visitors, that the Lord promises His protection. . . . As the people of God, we are always under the protection of the Most High. Wherever we go, whatever we suffer . . . we are always ‘under the shadow of the Almighty.’ . . . Yet, the experiences of the saints differ greatly from person to person. Though they are all under the shadow of God, they enjoy His protection in different ways.” (Spurgeon, p. 18)

The Bible speaks a great deal about the different shadows that God casts. Remember: for something to cast a shadow, the something must be there. Even if you can’t see it, it’s there. Consider the part of the world the Bible was written in. In a dry, arid place, shadows and shade are sought after. Remember Jonah outside Nineveh and how the gourd came up and made shade, and how angry Jonah was when the worm came and destroyed it. Shadows and shelter are valuable things. The first shadow we are going to look at is the Shadow of the Rock.

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