DayBreaks for 9/27/19: The Truck or the Shadow
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me – Your rod and Your staff comfort me. – Ps. 23:4
There is a wonderful story that is told about Donald Barnhouse, who was a great man of faith and servant of the Lord. While his children were still very young (he had 3 at the time), his first wife, Ruth, died of cancer. One can only try to imagine the feelings that assailed the grieved family! On the day of the funeral, Mr. Barnhouse and his children attended the service at the funeral home and then got into their car to go to the cemetery for the graveyard service.
As they drove to the cemetery, Dr. Barnhouse heard the crying of his children but he was so overcome with his own grief and heartbreak that he didn’t know what to say in an effort to comfort his small children. As they drove, all of a sudden, a very large moving van drove immediately past their car and the shadow of the van momentarily threw them into the shade. It was the inspiration that Dr. Barnhouse needed. He turned to his children and asked them this seemingly very simple question: “Would you rather be run over by a truck or by a shadow?” The children, perhaps thinking that he’d taken leave of his senses, quickly replied through their weeping, that they’d rather be run over by the shadow. Dr. Barnhouse then said, “About 2000 years ago the truck of death ran directly over Jesus so that only the shadow of death would touch us.”
The point was clear: for those who are His children, death not only holds no fear for us, but it cannot harm us – it is nothing more than a shadow. It has been nothing but a shadow for all believers since Jesus took the sting of death away and overcame it once and for all time. Yes, the shadow of death still looms in the dark valley, but David seemed to sense when he wrote Psalm 23 that it was only shadows…that there is no reason to fear it for the Lord God is with us.
PRAYER: We praise You, Jesus, for taking away death’s sting and that You have protected us from what You endured! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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