Today, let’s look at probably what is the next most remembered part of Psalm 23…
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 NASB
While this certainly should bring us comfort when literally walking through the death of a loved one, we also can apply it to other dark times in our lives. Some of the darkest, most shadowy times we face will be other types of deaths.
- A marriage that is dying
- A friendship that suddenly perishes
- Loss of security from job changes
- The passing away of routines that seemingly held your family together
- ____________________ (fill in with your own)
But beyond the things that seem to happen TO us, there are also the things we PUT to death in our lives. a few examples…putting to death…
- Idolatry (pitting ANYTHING above God)
- ________________ (again fill it in with what applies to you)
The comfort comes knowing, no matter what season of death we walk through, God IS with us. He’s not standing on the other side of it. He’s not watching us from afar. He’s not standing with us only at the onset. HE WALKS WITH US! Comforting us. Guiding us just like a shepherd guides his sheep. Because of His presence, we do not have to fear. We mourn. We cry out. We grasp to hold on. All with the realization that He is with us.
Then, beyond that comfort, we can also hold onto the fact that God is a God of resurrections. A God who redeems. A God who rescues. He is in the business of taking dead things and making them new.
So today as a Christian, whatever you are facing, remember Psalm 23. Remember, God is with you. Seek comfort in Him. And know that while some things look like they’re dying in your life and other things you need to put to death in your life, He is also The God who can breathe new life…even better life…into those things.
(Sorry no pics today…writing remotely at a peaceful campsite.)