To Shine, Remain In His Shadow

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Those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD. Zeph. 3:12 (NLT) 

Are you ready to launch into a day full of untold opportunities?! Or if this is the end of your day, are you allowing your mind to rest on the pillow of His promises as you store up energy and excitement for tomorrow?! Dear one, I know living enamored within each moment of life comes with intentionality that is not always easy to choose. Remembering that our weaknesses will never be too strong for God’s overcoming strength, emboldens one’s faith into action, does it not?!! You were made to display the splendor of God Almighty which shines brightly, even in the “rain” (Is. 61:3). 

Huldah was a prophetess at the same time Jeremiah was also working as a prophet for God. Jeremiah… you know, the guy that has a whole book of the Bible named after him; that same book that so many well known Bible verses are quoted from even today… yah, that Jeremiah. I wonder if Huldah was ever tempted to step back instead of forward (Heb. 10:39)? I wonder if she ever became overwhelmed with discouragement (Deut. 31:6)? I wonder if she ever played the comparison game and wondered if what she did was having any real impact (2 Cor. 10:12)? I’m sure it would have been easy to throw in the towel… after all, Jeremiah was already doing the prophet thing and he was obviously extremely gifted at it… who needed her?! 

If Huldah was ever doubled over with self doubt she didn’t drown in it but chose to float on a different focus. Hebrews 12:3 gives us a focus flotation device that will never fail us! Cling close to the anchor of hope found in the shadow of the Most High (Heb. 6:19). (Side note: Girlfriend, there is no high like The Most High! He will always be your grandest adventure and your deepest thrill! Might we just allow Him to enrapture our hearts to new heights in Him?!!) Huldah chose to delight herself in her God even if, even when, even though… Huldah chose to believe her God was able to do immeasurably more than she could ever ask or imagine. Why confine Him to her expectation when she could live in expectancy of His faithfulness! 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV) states, For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. … 

2 Chronicles 34 tells us in the 18th year of king Josiah’s reign he was in need of some godly counsel. Josiah sends Hilkiah the priest (who also happened to be Jeremiah’s dad) along with the court secretary, the king’s personal adviser and a couple other men to go find God’s wisdom. You would think they would go to Jeremiah, after all Hilkiah was his dad and according to Jeremiah 1:2 God was already speaking through Jeremiah and had been for five years. However this group of highly respected and prominent men somehow ended up at the door of none other than Huldah!!!! (Good thing she hadn’t thrown in the towel yet and had remained ready in season and out!) 

God spoke mightily through Huldah that day because she was a gal who rather than becoming riddled in the middle of her wait chose to trust (Jer. 17:7). Trust that wherever, whenever and whatever God asked of her, she would do it with all her heart (Lk. 10:27). She would trust and not compare the angle God had given her to reflect His character to someone else’s God given angle. She would allow God’s Truth and validation over her life to be what rang loudest in her mind and heart. She would remain in the shadow of His almighty wing because she had found that, that is where her Source to shine, truly came from… even in the “rain”.
You, dear one, have been given a highly valuable angle to uniquely reflect the character of Jesus to this world. There are some that will only see God most clearly through the angle He placed inside you. God met Josiah’s need for Him through a gal who chose to abide with joy in the shadow of the Most High. Only in God’s shadow do we find the strength to truly shine… even when it’s “raining” (Matt. 5:16). Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NIV)

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