Shadows are simply a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface. Shadows have no substance, but they are capable of forcing their inexperienced witnesses to fear.
Psa. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Sometimes we have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. However, the shadow would not be present if the light wasn’t shining behind it. Spiritually, shadows can be personified as the trials, tests and tribulations of this life. Without a doubt, the journey to righteousness in the midst of the toil and plight does not go without its insecurities. Spiritual obscurity leads us to believe, at times, that God has forgotten us and is nowhere to be found in the hopeless and despairing situations. Nonetheless, just as shadows have no substance, the struggles of this life cannot truly shake us unless we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed, looking through eyes of the flesh. Shadows can do us no harm, for we walk by faith and not by sight.We have to remember that the LORD is the one who created the light and the darkness.The everlasting King of the universe has carefully orchestrated every moment of his children’s lives. He is the light of the world- He is the light of grace in our lives. Even though He is good all the time, there are moments of difficulty in every saint’s life. Sometimes, God allows the difficulties of this life to temporarily block the light of His abundant goodness. Sometimes, we have to walk through rough patches of deficiency because the Lord is testing us, to see our reaction, to see if we will still trust him.The scripture states that in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Perfect love casts out fear. God is love, and if we entertain his presence despite doubt, despite insecurity, despite the opposition, his perfect love does’t leave any room for fear. God’s love towards us and our unwavering trust in him should shatter every fear amidst the shadows we may encounter in our walk with Him. So no matter how bleak and ominous the shadows of trouble may be, we must keep the faith, and stay encouraged because God is the one behind it all.