Psalm 23:4 says, “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.”
First he speaks of God’s nearness, His presence. When you step into your valley, and it’s so dark you can’t even see the path ahead, and the possibility that there are predators and enemies laying in wait for you, your Shepherd has something He wants you to hear: I will be with you. Don’t resort to other substitute that you think will help you get through this valley. All you need is your Shepherd.
Hebrews 13:5-6 says it like this: “He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
The valleys of life are a shared experience. Obviously, there are many different types of valleys, and we don’t all pass through the same places. There are valleys of sickness, death, financial turmoil, emotional distress, spiritual dryness, family discord. There are valleys that touch the body, the soul, the mind and the family. There are valleys of every description and kind. The one thing we all share in common is that we all pass through valleys.
As terrible as the valleys of life can be, they are also extremely valuable. It is in the valley that we learn the eternal truths about God that energize and strengthen our faith.
It was in the furnace of persecution that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego learned about the God who controls the depth, extent and violence of the crisis. It was there that Daniel learned about the God who overrules in the valley. It was there that Elijah, the poor widow; the disciples, Mary and Martha, and a countless host of others learned that the valley is a place of pain and heartache.
When walking through your valley, remember what God has done. Review your life and read His Word. Remember how He saved your soul and changed your life. Remember how He has abundantly blessed you. It will refresh your heart and encourage you to carry on through the valley!
Look for God’s blessings in the valley. The valley has some secrets. You are always closer to the water supply when you are in the valley.
In the valley you will discover strength that doesn’t come from the hills and the mountains. You will find out that God doesn’t need the conventional ways of blessing to bring healing, help and victory to your life. Look for miracles of God in the valley of despair.