Don’t Be a Groundhog

by APC on February 04, 2015

Groundhog Day was just two days ago—the time of year when humans leave the science of meteorology and weather prediction to a small, furry mammal. If the groundhog comes out of his hole and isn’t frightened back into his hole by the barrage of human activity, spring is right around the corner. But, if the groundhog sees his shadow, becomes frightened, and goes back inside, apparently we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us.

You might be thinking—as am I—obnoxious humans with flashing camera lights should be scarier than a small shadow. But, to a groundhog, his shadow may look bigger and is probably a lot closer to his proximity, which equates in his mind as a larger threat.

Although we can reason in our minds why humans may be scarier to an animal compared to his own shadow, we have more in common with a groundhog than we think. We too are afraid of our own shadow. And, we’re not just afraid of one shadow, we’re afraid of multiple shadows…

The Shadow of Our Past

We are all born into sin (Psalms 51:5) and we all have a checkered past—there are many things we’ve said, done, thought about, etc. that we wish we could turn back time and “undo.” That “shadow” of our past is always there looming to remind us of those things.

Because of what we’ve done in our sinful state, sometimes we think we aren’t worthy of God’s love and forgiveness, or that we can’t do a work for His kingdom. We need to remember that once we repent for our sins and ask for forgiveness, they are all covered under the blood of Jesus. And, through this covering, the blood causes God to forget! Isaiah 43:25 states, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (KJV).

We need to stop being scared of our shadow and remember that we are a new creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). Our sinful shadow is no longer with us because we are walking in the light of Christ and in newness of life! If we stay in complete light, there won’t be a shadow.

The Shadow of the Devil

The devil is our looming adversary (enemy) seeking to destroy us (I Peter 5:8). He wants to divert our path from light to darkness. In darkness we not only see our shadow, but we see his.

Have you ever heard the expression, “Looks can be deceiving?” The same is true of the devil. Not only does he disguise himself as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:14), but he tries to make his shadow appear larger to try to evoke fear in the children of God. He thinks he’s all powerful…but he’s not.

We need to remember that we are children of God. All demons in and out of hell tremble at the very name of Jesus (James 2:19)!  Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19, KJV).  Through the Holy Ghost living in us, we have more power in our pinky finger than all the devils in hell. We can rebuke the devil in Jesus’ name and see that “shadow” of his presence and supposed “power” shrivel up and disappear. We are God’s children and we don’t have to live in an enemy’s shadow. He will deliver us and keep us safe!

The Shadow of Others

When we are around other Saints and see what they’re doing for God’s kingdom, we sometimes feel inadequate. We feel like our talents, gifts, and abilities don’t measure up to the great “shadow” of another person’s ministry. The devil tries to discourage us in our work and make us feel what God has blessed us with and/or the work we’re doing is inconsequential.

I Corinthians 12:4 tells us that there are diversities of gifts, but they are of the same Spirit. Later, in verse 12, Scripture tells us that we are all a part of the body of Jesus Christ. We need to realize that we can’t compare ourselves to others (II Corinthians 10:2) or “grade” our work for God’s kingdom against another person. We all are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14) and we all have our unique gifts and ministries that all work together perfectly to advance God’s kingdom here on earth.

Be an Empowered Child of God

God didn’t make humans like the rest of His creation. We are unique—God made mankind in His image (Genesis 1:26); He didn’t do this with animals. When God made us, He didn’t give us “the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7, KJV). We don’t have to be afraid of anything—especially shadows. Next time you see a shadow remember that you’re a child of the most high God, not a groundhog.