Psalms 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.
Unfortunately, the valley of the shadow of death is not a periodic problem – it is our human obsolescence. We must all come to terms with that deterioration of these mortal shells has been determined by God – but death is but a shadow of reality to the believer. We need not fear disease, disaster, accident or attack – the shedding of this body will simply deliver us into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have all experienced the pain and anguish of losing loved-ones – some do not benefit a long and fruitful life. Too often God is assessed based upon the tragedies or blessings we experience every day – believing that this life is the ultimate of mankind’s expectations. We can go through life fretting about the inevitable or embrace the promised eternal. Death is a very real consideration for those of us who have been blessed with many years – but our concern must be directed toward faith, trust and obedience – to finish the race, be a blessing to others and hear our Lord say, “Well Done.” Our Lord’s promised presence is not subject to circumstances or my feelings about things that impact my life. We must accept the discipline of His rod and the guidance of His staff – both bring comfort to the one who has truly embraced the sovereign love and care of our (shepherd) Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 20 / Lu. 1:1-20; Josh. 4-6