The Shadow Positive

Daily Prompts: Dim

The Opening

        This Bible Study will focus on something that is unusual about the subject of dim, and how this particular word only appears 10 times in The Bible.  The really interesting thing is that the word dim not only appears just 10 times in The Bible, but that every time there is a positive teaching that can be gleaned from this word.  I like to call this type of positive as a shadow positive.  What is a shadow positive?

        A shadow positive is something that is a positive, but at first it may seem to be non-existent.  It is still a positive.  The word shadow tends to refer to the dark at first glance, but there is a simple fact about every shadow.  Every shadow needs something that has light shining on it in order for the shadow to exist.  If you are in total darkness, then your shadow does not exist since there is no light.  If you are in total light, then your shadow does not exist since there is no darkness.  How can this be?

        Imagine a ball floating in the middle of a room with nothing holding it up, and without it being on something.  It is floating in the center of the room without anything attached to it to keep it floating.  Now, shine a light on the ball.  What happens?  You see the shadow of the ball on the opposite of where the light is shone on it.  It does not matter the angle of the light.

        Now, shine lights on every angle of the ball.  What happens?  The ball no longer has any shadows whatsoever since there is no darkness in the room any more.  This is what The Bible does for us as True Christians, and what can be done for those of you who are still lost in the world.  The Bible is able to take something dim in your life, and show that it is still useful to you.  Let us look here below at The Scriptures and The Teaching:

The Scriptures and The Teaching

Genesis 27:1 NKJV

1      Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not
see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”  And he answered
him, “Here I am.”

Genesis 48:10 NKJV

10    Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see.  Then Joseph
brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.

Deuteronomy 34:7 NKJV

7      Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died.  His eyes were not dim
nor his natural vigor diminished.

1 Samuel 3:2-4 NKJV

2      And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his
eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,
3      and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of The Lord where the ark of
God was, and while Samuel was lying down,
4      that The Lord called Samuel.  And he answered, “Here I am!”

1 Samuel 4:15 NKJV

15    Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see.

Job 17:7 NKJV

7      My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow, and all my members are like

Ecclesiastes 12:1-4 NKJV

1      Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days
come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”:
     while the sun and the light, the moon and the stars, are not darkened, and the clouds
do not return after the rain;
3      in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow down;
when the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the
windows grow dim;
4      when the doors are shut in the streets, and the sound of grinding is low; when one
rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of music are brought low.

Isaiah 32:3 NKJV

3      The eyes of those who see will not dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

Lamentations 4:1 NKJV

1      How the gold has become dim!  How changed the fine gold!  The stones of the
sanctuary are scattered at the head of every street.

Lamentations 5:17-18 NKJV

17    Because of this our heart is faint; because of these things our eyes grow dim;
18    because of Mount Zion which is desolate, with foxes walking about in it.

        We see in Genesis 27:1 that Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see.  However, he could still call his older son Esau to him.  Notice, how Esau answered his father.  Why would he answer his father who could no longer see because of having dim eyes?  The answer is because Isaac’s eyes were dim, but not his voice.  This means he still had things he could be doing.

        We see in Genesis 48:10 that Israel’s eyes were dim due to his age, and that he was physically blind.  We also see that his son Joseph is mentioned as well.  Joseph brought his children (his father Israel’s grandchildren) to him.  Even though Israel was blind due to his eyes being dim because of his age he was still able to show compassion and love towards his grandchildren.  Even when things seem bad for us we are still able to do things to encourage others, and to cheer them up.

        We see in Deuteronomy 34:7 that Moses lived to be 120 years old.  We also see that his eyes were not dim, and that his natural vigor was not diminished.  Why is this?  It was for two reasons.  The first reason is that God sustained his eyes and his strength because he truly lived for Him.  The Bible is full of examples all throughout The Scriptures of God doing this for those who truly lived for Him.

        The second reason is because studies have shown that if a person stays active either physically, mentally, and/or both, then that person can retain their strength along with their mind without any signs of dimness in their life.  This is something that we can have hope for in life as well.  This is why we never lose hope in God.

        We see in 1 Samuel 3:2-4, and 1 Samuel 4:15 that Eli’s eyes were dim due to his old age of being 98 making him physically blind.  Eli was still able to call out to Samuel, and also take care of things for God in the tabernacle, which is what we call church today in our modern times.  What can a blind person do in church?  They can pray to God for the church along with its members, and they can still give commands for others to obey in life as well.  This is why we can have confidence that we can still do things even when our own situations may seem dim at first.

        We see in Job 17:7 that Job said that his eye has grown dim because of sorrow, and that his whole body was like a shadow.  This seems pretty dim (pun intended) to us, and we may wonder what this means for us.  This is to teach us that when we view things in a negative light that they can cause us sorrow.  This makes us feel as if we are useless.

        However, we are to take hope in this as well because this serves as a warning to us to never view things in a negative light.  This will keep us from sorrow that makes us feel useless.  Notice I did not say from all sorrow.  We will still have sorrow in life at times, but we can take heart in knowing that it is temporary, and that God’s love for us is eternal without end for us.  This gives us reason to hope for happiness as well.

        We see in Ecclesiastes 12:1-4 that we need to remember our Creator, Who is God, before the difficult days come to us.  We see the reason for this is because those around us will start to view things negatively, and this will affect us in a negative way.  This is why we must remember our Creator because He is able to lift us up, and to keep us in a positive mindset, which studies have shown improves our well-being.

        We see in Isaiah 32:3 that our eyes will not dim with age, and that our ears will not fail us with age either.  Yes, I have pointed out how different people in The Bible have gone physically blind due to their age above.  It is also safe to presume that our hearing will be affected physically as well.  However, this is in reference to our spiritual eyesight, and our spiritual hearing.  What do I mean?

        When we are truly living for God we will see things in The Spirit, and we will hear the mysteries of God being spoken to us.  It is through The Holy Spirit that we are able to discern these things in our lives.  This never dims in us as long as we stay true to truly living for God in our lives.  This is why we have hope as True Christians, and it is also how you who are not True Christians yet can attain this hope.  I will show you how to become True Christians in The Closing later below.

        We see in Lamentations 4:1, and Lamentations 5:17-18 that if we put our trust in our material things, such as our gold (we call this our personal belongings, and material things today as well), then these things will become dim.  This means that they will become worthless, and that they will fall apart.  This can cause our hearts to become faint, or weak, and this can also cause our eyes to grow dim due to sorrow.

        This is a warning to us not to rely on our material possessions, and/or on our wealth because things can happen that these will become worthless as well as fall apart.  This can be devastating to us.  There is nothing wrong with having wealth, and/or material possessions at all.  There is something wrong with making these things our priorities in life.  If this is not true, then why does every wealthy person who is not living for God truly in their lives say that they are full of sorrow?

        This is because they know their wealth is worthless in the end, and that no matter how many material things they amass in this life that it will fall apart in the end.  This is why we must put our trust completely in God and truly live for Him in our lives.  This is the only way to keep from being devastated with the dim things in life.

The Closing

        That is all for this Bible Study.  I hope this has enlightened you to view The Bible in a light that is not dim at all to you.  I stated above that I will show those of you who are not True Christians how to become a True Christian, and I will do that now.  I will list things in an easy-to-understand list format here below:

  1. Say this prayer out loud, and mean it from your heart by believing that God will hear you when you pray it:“Father God, please forgive me of my sins.  Please send The Holy Spirit to live inside of me.  Please send Your Son, Jesus Christ, to live in my heart.  Please help guide me in what I need to do every day to live my life truly for You.  Thank You for answering these prayers in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen”


  2. Get a translation of The Bible that is easy for you to read, and to understand.
  3. Find a Bible-believing, and Bible-teaching church to become a member of in your life.
  4. Learn to be thankful, to show gratitude, and to have a meaningful prayer life.
  5. Continue looking for ways to improve your daily walk with God in your life.

        It really is as simple as that.  It will take time for you to be able to do this in the way that God leads you to live for Him in your own life.  These are just the basic requirements to be a True Christian.  You can grow as much as you want in your walk with God.  The key is to be sincere, and to truly live for God in your life at all times in all parts of your life.  Trust me.  It gets easier the longer you do it.  Please share this with everyone you know.  God bless you all.


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