Life brings shadows. Close proximity is required to fall under a shadow. In Psalm 23 David spoke of passing through the valley of the “shadow of death” (v. 4). And it’s not just death that cast a dark shadow. There are seasons in life where shadows press in upon us. But not all shadows are bad. Some shadows are good… really good!
After Pentecost the atmosphere was electric. Incredible things were taking place. “Signs and wonders” were happening by the hands of the apostles as the church was being birthed (Acts 5:12-16). So they “brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them” (v. 15). Think of this… strong hope sprang up that even Peter’s shadow could bring healing to the afflicted. People were scrambling to position themselves and sick loved ones under Peter’s shadow.
God is light and His incandescent radiance fills heaven. Yet the Scripture states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1). This secret place represents nearness to God. And to be under His shadow is a place of ultimate protection. The Psalmist lists eighteen safeguards found only for those who are “under the shadow of the Almighty.”
The shadows of fear are overtaking the masses. The current season of darkness is causing many to tremble. Uncertainty and the unknown is breeding panic. But we have a strong shelter through our nearness to God!
The “shadow of the Almighty” is the ultimate refuge. Here we can find peace and security in the midst of uncertainty and confusion. The shadow of a vine shielded Jonah from the scorching sun. And our safety is found in our proximity to God. The “shadow of the Almighty” is a good shadow… REALLY GOOD.
Now is the time for a spiritual reset. So draw near to God and He will draw near to you. All God’s people have access to the secret place. Praise God for the shadow of omnipotence! Abide there and you will be free from fear. Should fear come knocking, send faith to answer the door. The Lord draws near when we believe Him, and praise Him.
So let’s get under His shadow… and dwell there.