“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.” (Psalms 23:4)
We see in all of these verses so far that the Shepherd leads, guides, helps, and loves us. Now, in this verse, it changes from the Shepherd’s actions and love for us, to our own actions. You see, in life there are going to be times when we don’t listen so that we get ourselves in places we shouldn’t be. Here it’s called “the valley of the shadow of death”.
Have you ever had times like that? You find that the grass isn’t green and the stream is dirty and you say, “how did I get here?” You see that it was through your own decisions, or you didn’t take the time to listen to the Shepherd’s voice, that you opened doors that should have stayed shut.
Even in these times, even when we mess up, the Great Shepherd doesn’t leave us. No! He promised us that He would never leave us or forsake us. Never means never and here we see the same promise. I will fear no evil, why? His written word “FOR YOU ARE WITH ME!” What a promise. When we mess up, we need to ‘fess up and He, the Great Shepherd, forgives and restores.
Even when we open doors to the evil one, our Shepherd takes out His mighty rod and grabs hold of us with His wonderful staff and brings great comfort to our lives. What security, what comfort, what hope we have because of our amazing Jesus.
So take heart today that there is no sin too strong that the blood of Jesus can’t wash away. Rest in His loving arms and hear His heartbeat as you lay your head upon His chest. Know that He loves you and will always protect you against anything that the enemy might bring against you. He’ll even protect you when you open a door that you shouldn’t have.
“Once you have accepted Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior, He will never leave you or forsake you.”
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the blood of Jesus that has washed me white as snow. I thank You that no matter what comes against me or even when I’m walking in the valley, You are there to comfort and to restore. What a God I serve. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen..
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