All of us at some point in our lives face trials that force us back into the presence of God in a special way. I have been thinking of God’s shadow. David asked God, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8). Moses had the same thoughts about the presence of God; “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).
Chuck Swindoll gives four points about the shadow of God that are worth considering:
1. When God prepares us for effective ministry, He includes what we would rather omit – a period of waiting. That cultivates patience.
2. As God makes us wait, hiding us in His shadow, He shows us we are not indispensable. That makes us humble.
3. While God hides us away, He reveals new dimensions of Himself and new insights regarding ministry. That makes us deep.
4. When God finally chooses to use us, it comes at a time least expected, when we feel the least qualified. That makes us effective. (1)
As with all those God has used in effective ways down throughout history, He also does it now from the secret place under His wings. He wants you and me to realize that ministry and mission work must be done from that place. That is where we get to know Him best.
(1) Paul - A Man of Grace and Grit, Thomas Nelson, 2002, page 89.
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