Robert Griffith | 30 December 2023
Robert Griffith
30 December 2023

 

Psalm 23:4  “Yea, 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.”

On many occasions throughout our lives, we find ourselves in a valley not of our choosing. They can be the most difficult places to navigate. What do you do when you’re in the valleys of life? How do you get through them? We’ve all been there at one time or another; and if not, hold on, because you will. This fallen world in which we live is a passing shadow described by David as the valley of the shadow of death. Beyond his description, David gives us insight into how we can get through those valleys.

First and foremost, keep walking! If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it; but, you have to keep walking. You will never get through it if you stop in the middle of the valley. Don’t quit. God isn’t done. This valley is not His destination for you. Keep walking and before you know it, you will get to the other side of that struggle. Whether your valley was caused by circumstances beyond your control or your own failure so keep walking and never forget this saying:

If you’re not dead, you’re not done!  

Secondly, you need to recognize that whatever you are dealing with, despite how real and final it may seem, it is only a shadow. Even Death Valley is only a shadow! Now, I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be struck by a shadow than the real thing! You can be struck by the shadow of a train and live to talk about it. When Mary and Martha went through Death Valley at the funeral of their brother, Lazarus, Jesus said this:

John 11:25-26  “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

That’s why Paul says this:

2 Corinthians 4:18  “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

Everything this side of heaven is temporary! Your valley is only a shadow despite how real or painful it seems now.

Thirdly, remember that God is always with you. You are not alone in the valley no matter how lonely you may feel. In his valley, David said, “I will fear no evil; For You are with me. …”

In the Christmas story we just remembered again last week, we are told the Saviour’s name is Immanuel, which means “God with us.” In addition to His presence with you, David said, “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” A rod was for defence and a staff was for direction. Sometimes He will even use the rod to correct me. Perhaps you can relate!

If you are experiencing a dark valley in your life, take comfort in the counsel of God’s Word and keep walking. The valley is only temporary. It’s just a shadow. The Eternal, Everlasting, Unfailing, Almighty God is with you!

And the best news of all is tomorrow is new day and a new year too!  God’s mercies are new every morning and a fresh blessing is waiting for you as you embrace a brand new year!