Psalm 23:4 “Even thought 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.”
I often though of this verse as negative and sad, until this morning. While praying God gave me a new appreciation for this verse. We often hear this verse at funerals, but we this valley also refers to the times in our life when we are facing challenges or difficult circumstances. God allows us to walk through difficult circumstances because he wants to grow us up in Him. Psalms 23 is a beautiful picture of our lives. We have times when life is good “green pastures, still waters.” We have times when life is difficult, that is the valley. When we keep reading God is preparing a table in the presence of your enemies, but at that table God is anointing you with oil and filling you with blessings. What a beautiful picture of the fact that no matter what happens God will use your struggles for good and bring blessings. So, when you face challenges remember that on the other side of those challenges is a cup of blessings that overflows with love, joy, peace, and best of all, God’s house, where you will dwell forever.
Father thank you for the reminder that no matter what transpires in my life You are in control weather I am on a hill, in a valley, or somewhere in between. Thank you for being my Father and growing me in You. Thank you for being in control of my life. With each passing day I want to know you more. Fill my heart and mind with the desire to be in your presence every moment of every day. In Jesus Name, AMEN