Scripture for Today: Isaiah 51:16 “I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.'”
On a burning hot day I am looking to walk in the shadow of buildings or trees. I will go out of my way to avoid direct sunlight and I look for those shadows. They give relief and make the walk so much more pleasant.
The shadow of a person can evoke a variety of emotions. When one thinks of a shadow, it can sometimes be in a context of fear! If the presence is menacing than it follows that the shadow of that presence is as well. But a shadow can be reassuring and even comforting when it comes from a loving presence.
Our verse for today uses the image of the shadow of God’s hand. It is a powerful hand that has established the heavens and the earth. The context of this verse describes how His hand is able to loose chains and set captives free. Because He covers us with the shadow of His hand, there is no reason to be fearful of man (verse 12). What can man do? God’s power and presence gives comfort rather than fear to those who belong to Him.
The shadow of His hand reassures me of His love and protection. His shadow reminds me that I belong to Him. I am His and He is mine! His shadow is evidence that He is at work in my life. He has set me free! His care and blessing are shadows of His loving presence!
Thank you, Lord, for helping me sense even the shadow of Your hand!