Verse of the day.
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.
Sheep are not the brightest animals God made. In fact, they are very gullible. This sheer vulnerability would have made God compare us to sheep in need of a Shepherd; One Who provides for, protects, guides and cares for His sheep.
However, a sheep would sometimes wander off and come into the valley of the shadow of death. Or maybe the Shepherd would cause the sheep to walk that dark valley. Yet the sheep knows: I have no need to fear evil. I am not alone. Though I cannot see through the thick fog of darkness, my Shepherd’s light confounds darkness; so He sees, and His rod and staff remind me of His presence. They comfort me.
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Like sheep, we’ll sometimes find ourselves in this dark valley whether by our own foolish wanderings or by the loving orchestration of our Shepherd. Either way, His rod protects us against evil, while also disciplining us in love. Our Shepherd’s staff is His authority which commands our trust in His guidance through the valley. His Word and Spirit always keeping us close to His side.
So we need not fear evil because even in the darkness, our Shepherd leads on. We’re not alone. We may not see Him through the darkness, but we see Him not by sight but by knowing and believing that He is there. His rod and staff remind us of His loving presence, comforting us in the darkness.
And when the shadows finally fade and we walk out of that deep valley, we’ll find that through the process, we have learned, as sheep, to rest in His warm embrace.
Like sheep, we’ll sometimes find ourselves in this dark valley whether by our own foolish wanderings or by the loving orchestration of our Shepherd. Either way, His rod protects us against evil, while also disciplining us in love. Click To Tweet
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