A Powerful Companion in our Valleys
Key Verse to Read and Treasure
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—Psalm 23:4
Some of the most encouraging and comforting words from God can be found in the Book of Psalms and Psalm 23 is no exception. When we are going through a valley in life, experiencing tough times, difficulties, and trials, just as we find in so many other places David’s words in verse 4 bring comfort to our heart and soul.
David reminds us that God is with us in our valley of suffering—regardless of what that suffering looks like—helping us make it through our day, make it from one hour to the next, give us hope and strengthen us.
David knew from experience it is the presence and companionship of God in suffering that can help us “fear no evil.” From his youth as a shepherd boy tending his father’s sheep to the years he sat on the throne ruling God’s people, and beyond that. He knew nothing can hurt us spiritually or eternally when God is with us. Our valleys can be difficult and sometimes last a very long time, but God is with us from inception to their end and beyond that.
Because God is with us, we will be better than alright. We can find solace, comfort, strength, and peace when we trust in God and believe his promise of companionship in our valleys because he is completely trustworthy and has never broken even one promise to us.
Heavenly Father, this is a promise worth holding onto in my day and whenever I am going through a valley. Thank you for reminding me you are my constant companion in life and my valleys are no exception. Amen