|Read: Psalm 23: 1-6|
|Psalm 23: 4 (NLT): “Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”|
|1. David started his 23rd Psalm, proclaiming his relationship with God. Now, in verse 4, prays, addressing God personally saying, “…You are close beside me” and “Your rod and Your staff…”
2. Valleys are between mountains, making valleys inherently blocked by the light from the sun. Valleys only have two directions, forwards and backwards.
3. Without God’s permission, such as with Job, Satan’s best weapon is fear. However, it is not “real” fear, but rather an illusion of a potential tragedy. It is not “real”, because he can’t do anything against us while God is with us.
|“It’s easy to be a holy man on top of a mountain.” This is my favorite quote from the novel The Razor’s Edge. It is easy to say, “I have faith”, when standing on a mountain, isolated from the risks of sharing God’s love with everyone. It is easy to say, “I believe in God”, while standing on a deck of a boat in a calm sea, under blue skies. However, as Peter can attest, it’s takes a real understanding of God to step out of boat amidst raging seas, when you can see anything.
It is only after surviving times between the mountains, that I realized God had been with me every step of the way. Mountains of troubles will cast shadows of doubt and fear, but they are just shadows.
Due to a clerical error by my bank, my most recent dark valley was the fear of potential foreclosure on my house. My house, which we just moved back into, was just brought back to life from hurricane Harvey. At the tail end of our valley Harvey, we were exhausted, and reached the deepest and darkest point in our valley. Within days, after working with the bank and my attorney, we were placed back on top of that mountain again.
Life is temporary, and so are our valleys. As a child, I spoke like a child, and was afraid of the dark. I grew most as a Christian, when coming to the end of my darkest days. Only then to realize He was always at my side. God reminds us that the darkness are just shadows, lacking substance, while He is at our sides.
|Loving Father. I don’t ask for a sign or a feeling. I know You are here. You are my Shepard, and I am all Yours. Amen.|
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