Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
We all walk through dark times. Today’s promise is a reminder that because God is with us, we need not fear.
At one time or another, the path to green pastures leads you through the shadow of the valley of death. Shadows are scary things. We’ve all been frightened by a shadow in our room, the yard, or another part of the house. The funny thing about shadows is that when you turn the light on, they disappear. What you thought was a person lurking in the shadows of your room, when you turned on the light turned out to be a coat rack.
The Valley of the Shadow
Notice that David didn’t say the valley of death. He said the shadow of the valley of death. As a Christian, there is no fear of death, and no need to fear the valley of the shadow of death.
The valley of the shadow is not a stopping point. Aren’t you glad he didn’t say God leads me to lie down in the shadow of the valley? The valley of the shadow is something you walk through on your way to somewhere else.
Since God is with you in the valley of the shadow, there is nothing to fear. He is not out in front of you leading, but right there beside you, showing you which way to go and directing your steps.
The Shepherd is Near
Jesus is your Immanuel – God with you. No matter how dark the valley, He is with you. The closer you are to Him in the valley, the safer you will feel. If you are going through a valley today, reach out to the Great Shepherd, who is watching over you, and caring for you.
When you are overcome with fear, run to the shepherd.
Look at that promise again.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
Make this confession.
I will not fear.
God is leading me through the valley of the shadows.
As the Good Shepherd, He is guiding my footsteps.
Jesus is with me, so I find rest and security in Him.
In Jesus name,
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