But God- Do Not Fear the Shadow

Greetings again,

Let's continue unwrapping Psalms 23:4-

'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.'

But God Image_Color_CrossPreviously we have looked at 'even though' and 'through', and last week we glanced at 'valley'. This week we're going to look at that ominous word, 'shadow'. Shadows can be scary. Bad things can lurk in shadows. We have heard phrases like, 'that's only a shadow of things to come', an anxious person is described as 'being afraid of their own shadow.' However, today let's look at the truth about shadows. There's another old saying- 'the shadow of a dog never bit anybody.' Get it? Shadows aren't anything but shadows. As humans we live in two realms, the physical and the spiritual. Previously we referred to those as 'reality' and 'REALITY'. At most, a shadow is the image of something in our reality. Often, they are not even that- they only exist in our imaginations at times. When David wrote this Psalm, he was not in a valley, he was in a cave. Valleys don't have caves. He was running for his life, which he was fearing would very soon be over. I believe he was agreeing with his Shepherd that he had nothing to fear. This was quite possibly the bleakest, darkest, scariest time of David's life- his own son chasing him down to kill him- but by His Shepherd's grace and Spirit, he was able to look through his reality and see The Shepherd and His REALITY, and as a result choose to not fear.

Therefore, the next time we find ourselves in a valley or a cave, let's choose to not react in fear of a shadow of reality, but rather let's respond by looking into the face of our Shepherd, Who is REALITY.





If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hop e you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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