Even though

valley of death

“Even though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.”

Psalm 23:4

A common misconception of new converts to Christianity is the idea that “I have Jesus, now everything will be better. I am going to have a perfect life now”

This thought is true to an extent. We will eventually have a perfect life, in heaven. Meanwhile, here on earth we will go through “valleys”. We will go through heartaches, death, problems, trials and testings. That does not sound like a “perfect life” does it?

But we have a promise:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

We live in an imperfect world because of sin. Bad things happen to good people ….because of sin. Whether it is sin by the individual or just living in a sinful world.  Arguments, killing, stealing, disease, death, and all the awful stuff in between, is because of sin.

It is true that having the Lord in our life, he will help us have  more patience, be more loving, having mercy and compassion, and forgiveness towards others. But not everyone is at the place in the Lord to show those types of “fruits”. So we have these “valleys” that we walk through. And they can be so difficult.

God said:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

Sometimes He calms the storm, whispers to the storm to be still. But sometimes He calms us through the storm. Either way,“even thought i walk through the valley of the shadow of death I WILL FEAR NO EVIL” . We come out victorious giving all praise to Him who never left us or abandoned us. He stood with us through it all.

But we often lose sight so we think that He has left us. We feel we are walking through the valley alone. David knew this was not true because he wrote “even though i walk through the valley…YOU ARE WITH ME”

jesus walking on the water

A great picture is that of Peter. He stepped out to walk on the water with Jesus, who was already walking on the water. But Peter took his eyes of the Lord and began to fall deep. He began to look at the wind and waves around and not at the lord. His “Valley” was too much for him. He did not keep his eyes on the Lord who was standing on the water right in front of him. Right in front of him. His victory was right in front of him. That is why it is important to know that He(God) is with us no matter what we go through.

Note: If peter, who saw Jesus right in front of him, stumbled, what makes us different? Even more so, we need our Savior

rod and staff

Sometimes our valleys are  brought onto us because of our own sin. When this happens we must repent and turn back to the Lord. That is why David said, “your rod and your staff they comfort me” God disciplines because He cares for us. He does this because He doesn’t want anyone to parish. Our sins will lead us to destruction. But, the Lord sends a “rod and staff” to lead us back to the right path. Just like a Shepard uses the rod to get the unruly sheep back to where it needs to go. The staff is used to rescue those that need …just a little more help. It might hurt to be pulled away from where we thought we should go. But it is for our good.

No matter what we go through in life, God will never leave us. He will help us, He will rescue us, and He will always be there to hold us.

Even though… Come what may…He will always be there for you.

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