Psalm 23:4 “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.”
Notice that the language changes in verse 4. The impersonal “He” becomes the more intimate “You.” It is in the valley where he experiences the nearness of God’s Presence most. It is when you lean on God the most that you experience how real He can be. That’s where you learn He is trustworthy. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are exempt from going through difficult times. But the Lord guides you through the dark valleys of distress, danger, and trouble, even facing death, just as through green pastures. In the valleys you can find the rich soil because it’s close to the waters, that’s the place you can learn the most, change the most. Allow the Lord to change you, and experience how real His Presence could be. Notice also that he walks “through” the valley, he doesn’t stay “in” it. The Lord will walk with you through the darkness and not leave you there.
“Looking back , in the most difficult times, in the darkest hours I have ever faced in my life, Abba, You’ve never left me, You have never forsaken me! I’ve always found You with me, close beside me. You allowed those dark times for a divine reason, show me what they are. Let my life reveal Your goodness and Your glory, so that Jesus is magnified and lifted up. Amen.”
(Part 6 of a series)