…he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. —Daniel 2:22

We have heard of the stories of someone who appeared to be living a “good life,” but when they were in the shadows they lived a totally different life. This has been true in all strata of society whether it be business, political, government or even in ministry. Sad stories surface too many times of people living dualistic lives— they are not in the darkness what they appear to be in the light.

Years ago I heard or read that “What a person is in the shadows is who they really are.” That is a powerful statement. Who am I when nobody else is around? What are my thoughts and actions when nobody is watching? None of us is perfect, but as a follower of Jesus Christ there should be consistency in our lives. Who we are in the darkness should be consistent with who we are in the light.

Judas Iscariot is someone who appeared to be following Jesus as the other Apostles were. Yet in the places where only God saw him, whether in the shadows of the night or the shadows of his mind, Judas was a man with devious intent.

So how are you and I doing in the shadows of the night, in the shadows when we are alone or in the shadows of our mind? God sees it all. He knows. May we have a godly consistency whether we live in the shadows or the light. May it be so!

Dear Father, oh that I would life faithfully for You wherever I am— In the shadows or in the light. May I not be one thing when other see me and another when nobody is around. Help me to live in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

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