I like shadows as they are mysterious, revealing, and a constant reminder of things more truer. The law of God was a shadow as it were, a fore-runner of something better; a shadow of the true to be exact.
Shadows do not lie. They are the express image of something far better, but a man would starve trying to get nourishment from the shadow of an orange.
God’s word NEVER fails. I fail, you fail. God cannot fail. He is immutable, His ways are perfect, and He is well beyond our petty questions. We ask questions through the fog of our bias, then charge the Creator with ambiguity. We wrongfully understand shadows.
How about we value HIS questions such as ‘Where are you?’ or ‘How is David’s son David’s Lord?’ But no, we ignore or malign His soft pleas to our own detriment. But still:
He is good when we are not.
He is very good when we are not.
He is merciful when we are not.
He is patient when we are not.
He is truthful when we are not.
He is gentle when we are not.
He is light when we are not.
He is altogether lovely when we are not.
Surely God’s goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And the paradox? When we say ‘begone’ to His goodness, it still follows us, like a perfect shadow; try we may to rid ourselves of His mercy, He pursues ever so closely. SURELY goodness and mercy shall follow me………………but not all turn and say, ‘C’mon.’
We may choose THIS day who to serve, this hour, this minute, this very second we may choose. We may choose this dwelling place, for our very shadow knows, and speaks truth to our conscience, but while it may utter a word of incriminating and rightful punishment, it does not, as truth and grace say more in silence.
The Lord before Pilate when asked ‘what is truth? Silent. He in whom dwelt all the fulness of the grace of God perpetually, was mute when asked of this ‘truth.’ Stunning, and worthy of contemplation. Pilate stood in the shadow of light and merely washed his hands.
No man ever spake like this man, no man ever brought grace and truth, and no man asked questions that silenced all adversaries. Truly the only worthy King of Kings. Truly, the only worthy Lord of Lords, He whose presence dispels all shadows.