Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
In this psalm, David is saying that God, who is our shepherd, provides us with protection even when there is danger present.
He knows he doesn’t have to fear any evil because of God’s protective presence.
Just as a shepherd uses the crook of his rod to pull back his sheep from falling, so God does the same for us. The shepherd uses his staff to fight off wolves and other predators who seek to devour the sheep.
How many times has God pulled you out of a pit with his rod? How many times has God protected you from enemies that sought to harm you? Physically and spiritually?
Sometimes the path we are on can feel dangerous.
Thankfully, even if there is danger present, we don’t have to fear. We know our shepherd is right by our side.
God designed us to go through life with Him present in every moment.
Every second of the day.
When you awake each morning, take on your challenges with God by your side.
Know that no matter what is before your path, you and God can handle it together.
Whether it's a simple everyday task, or distressing circumstances, your shepherd is there with you.
Today, choose to invite Him into whatever it is you are doing or going through. No matter the darkest valley, life will be better having God by your side. He will not let you down!
“Heavenly Father, thank you for going with me and before me in every season of life. Even when I walk through dark valleys and danger is present, I know your protective presence is there to guide me. I know whatever challenge I face, I am equipped to handle it because you and I will do it together. Amen.”