All of my kids have been afraid of the basement. If they want something down there, they always ask if I would go with them. Recently, my seven-year-old son asked if I would go downstairs with him.
“Of course,” I said.
He grabbed my hand, and we went downstairs. We got what he wanted and went back upstairs. The whole time he held my hand and kept looking up to make sure I wasn’t going to bolt. My presence and commitment provided the peace he needed.
God does the same thing for us.
King David writes, “Even 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.”
Even in the darkest and often scariest of seasons, there is great peace who have the shepherd by their side.
I don’t know what you’re going through right now. But it’s likely scary and very challenging. God says, “Don’t be afraid. Grab my hand. I’m here. I will always be here. The problems may not go away, but I will not leave you.”
I hope it brings you comfort to know that God doesn’t deny the reality you’re facing. Instead, he provides you guidance and protection through it all.
Read Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Reflect: What images does David use to describe God? How does God display His goodness and love?
Respond: How do the images used impact your view of God? What are the enemies you currently face? How does God’s presence change your perception?
Father, thank you for being by my side. Help me see and know your presence, so I go wherever you lead. Amen. Please share your comments below. We'd love to interact with you.
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