It takes the darkness and fear of the night to bring out the brilliance and beauty of the stars. When we face the fear of the unknown, we often find the grace of God. “Though I walk through,” David said, “the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because You are with me!”
We are all joyfully aware of God’s presence when days are filled with sunshine and warmth. All of us, however, have at one time or another, entered into valleys that are filled with ill-defined shadows that we find frightening and foreboding. We look for a light to shine over the rim of the mountain to give us the assurance that there is hope. Yet, it is because of those days of sunshine and warmth that David reminds us to remember that God is also with us when all is not well, and the light that faithfully guided us fades.
There are times when our “valley” may take the form of suffering. When it does, we must not forget that Jesus also suffered. So we know that He understands our suffering and is with us. When we face the fear and darkness of the unknown, we often discover the grace of God as Jesus did on the cross. And when we feel abandoned and alone, we must not forget that those who He spent three years training to be His disciples forsook Him. And remember – when He was laid to rest, it was in someone else’s tomb.
Our Savior has walked through every “dark valley” that we will ever have. He understands our grief. Now, He is in heaven with His Father and when we go to Him in prayer with our needs, we have the assurance that He understands our needs because He was there before us, understands from experience what we are facing, and will deliver
Prayer: We are blest, Father, by Your presence and protection as we pass through life’s dark valleys, knowing that as Your Father saved You, You will save us. In His Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: 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. Psalm 23:4