23 Pt. 10

     “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil…” Psalm 23:4 NIV

       In David’s day there existed a narrow mountain pass that led from the young shepherd’s home to the green pastures where his flocks could feed. That pass is still used today by shepherd’s seeking good foraging grounds for hungry sheep. The name of this mountain pass is…you guessed it “the Valley of the Shadow of Death”. Within the confines of its dark sheer walls are many shallow caves perfect for predators: lions, and tigers, and bears oh my! The all-consuming dark produces a Nightmare on Elm Street for poor sheep just trying to get a good breakfast; But the truth  is that the breakfast buffet is on the other side of the Valley.

     We’ve already discussed that God’s job is to make us lie down in green pastures. To do His job He has to take us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. An alternate road doesn’t present itself. Everyone of us needs to go through our own valley. It’s called life. The shadows and predators are many. Some hoping to circumnavigate the valley have gone well off the path only to find that all roads lead straight into the heart of darkness. Our options are limited. We can’t go back to yesterday and we can’t stand still. We all are faced with the truth that the Valley of Shadow while not our destination is smack dab in the middle of the way to our destination. As one who is well into the Valley now…as one who is well acquainted with the evil inside I have to concur with David, as long as the Lord is with me I won’t fear any of it.

    My eyes aren’t on the darkness. My gaze is fixed on the green pastures that lie straight ahead!

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8 thoughts on “23 Pt. 10

  1. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms Deut 33:27

    This and many, many, many Scriptures assure me of safety, and my walk with Him for 53 of my 75 years is proof that God does what He says He will do. I have perfect safety as I follow Him, keeping my focus on Him.

    What an amazing God!

  2. I myself have been through the Valley and I Thank God that he held my hand and led the way. It is impossible to see through the darkness without God and even when you can’t see your way God sees the way.
    Psalm 18: 2-3 The Lord is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
    I know there will be many more valleys but with God leading the way I will fear not. God is so good for He takes each and everyone of His children by the hand and leads the way. Thank you God.

  3. Love the visual of keeping our eyes on the green pastures ahead. It is God who protects us and arms us with what is needed as evil presents itself. We have to trust him and be prepared for the predators! Thanks for the reminder that the green pastures are the destination and the battles are just on the way!

    • Thanks for the encouragement along the pathway Tom! We will reach the green pastures because He is with us and He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it!

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