No Shadow of Turning

Shadows are a funny thing. They appear when light shines around an object and darkness remains within its silhouette; essentially, a shadow is the absence of light. One afternoon I was relaxing in my recliner and happened to focus on the shadow of our ceiling fan as strong light poured through our windows. The shadow was much longer than the fan and looked nothing like its true form—you might say it distorted the fan’s actual shape. My mind immediately applied my observation to the way in which we can perceive reality. Without the discernment of the Holy Spirit, our perceptions are often limited and distorted, perhaps even to the extent that what we perceive is nothing like the real truth of our situation, or what is truly real.

Fear is much like this image: It is often based on a twisted view of reality. Our perceptions—in the absence of unwavering faith in God—can appear threatening to us despite the fact that no real threat exists.

Worthy of praise is the fact that there is no “shadow of turning” with the Lord; that is, no variation or shifting of shadows. Natural sources of light are constantly shifting and changing, producing shadows that vary, although the object remains the same. As we see in His Word, this is not so with God: James 3:17, “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” Although our God created the universe with its continually varying conditions, the Lord—in his eternal perfection—is nevertheless unchanging.

When light is directly over an object, such as at noonday, there are no variations or shifting of shadows; they do not even exist.

The light of Jesus is direct and clear much like the noonday sun—there is no place where there is an absence of His light; therefore, we can place our confidence and unwavering trust in Him without concern that His will and ways will be “shadowy.” Moreover, when God’s children earnestly and faithfully seek His answers, God’s perspective will be made clear, understandable, and clearly expressed so that our perceptions are not destitute of light.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father,

May the brightness of your light shine directly on me so that I can see clearly and not be deceived by my perception of true reality. Lord,I need to have a clear understanding of your will and wisdom in this situation so that I can proceed with confidence. Thank you that you are always true to your perfect nature—I know and trust that you will illuminate the way I should go!

In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.