Hello everyone ?.
As stated in “Psalms 23:4 (NKJV) 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.” We can all see that the psalmist never felt alone even when he was in the valley of the shadow of death. He was certain that the good shepherd was with him.
How often do we get to feel this secured when we are in our own valleys?
We have seen in so many verses of the scripture that the shepherd leads, guides, helps, and loves us. But, in this verse (Psalm 23:4), it changes from the shepherd’s actions and love for us, with our own actions. You see, in life there are going to be times when if we do not listen, we may find ourselves in places we aren’t meant to be. If that happens, we mustn’t lose hope nor faith.
Have you ever had times like that? I have. You find that the grass isn’t greener nor the stream any cleaner. And you say, “How did I get here?” Then you see that through the decisions you made, or by not taking time to listen to the shepherd’s voice, you opened doors that should have stayed shut. Scary, right?
Well, no matter how scary it is, the good news is that no matter how many times we mess up, the Great Shepherd does not leave us! He promised in Hebrews 13:5 that He would “… never leave you nor forsake you.” Never means never! This passage says, “I will fear no evil; for You are with me!” What a promise! When we mess up, we need to “fess up” and He, the Great Shepherd, will forgive and restore.
Even when we open doors to the evil one, our shepherd takes out His mighty rod, He grabs hold of us with His wonderful staff, and He brings great comfort to our lives. What security! What comfort! What hope we have because of our amazing Jesus Christ!
So, today, I encourage you to take heart! There is no sin too strong that the blood of Jesus cannot wash it away. Rest in His loving arms, and hear His heartbeat as you lay your head upon His chest. Know that He loves you, and He will always protect you from anything that the enemy might bring against you. He will even protect you when you open a door that you should not have opened.
What an amazing God we serve!
Blessings and Love ??❤️