Down in the Valley

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

And isn’t that what truly makes all the difference—that God is with us?  So then we can face those times of shadow, when we are in places where the sun cannot reach, when the terrain is rough, when the journey is more difficult.  Because we are not alone in the valleys, and it is our trusted Shepherd who has led us there.  He knows it is worth it to endure these times of discomfort or hardship to get to the other side of it.  He always has a purpose for the paths He leads us on.

And when we’re facing the hardest things we’ve ever had to face, we must remember that we’re not going to stay there. We don’t linger there like we do the green pastures.  Beside the still waters is where we rest, so we don’t dwell in the valley, but we pass through.  So if we just keep going, we’ll make it to the other side.  We’ll rise up to higher ground.  We’ll reach a more fruitful pasture.  We’ll gain strength from our time there.  And we’ll learn a lot about following our Shepherd very closely.

And the tools He carries are a comfort to us because He is our defense and our provider, our authority and our guide.  He defends us from our enemies, so we don’t have to fear what may be lurking in the darkness.  He disciplines us to keep us on the right track.  He pulls us close to Him with His staff before we wander too far away.  And time and time again He’s proved Himself so dependable.  He’s proved that we can trust Him no matter what.

Wherever we end up, God is with us.  He always knows exactly what we are facing.  And He is there to help and to guide every step of the way.  He does not send us out to find our way on our own, but He endures with us.  And that is enough.  He is able to lead us safely through whenever darkness surrounds us.  So let’s just keep going, knowing that one day our trial will end and we will make it through because even in the lowest valley, God comes with us.

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