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Light in the valley of the shadow of death?

"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

Remember that Jesus said you are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14) Yes, He is also the Light of the world, but not in the same way. Jesus is like the sun, created to govern the day. You are like the moon, created to govern the darkness with the light that you reflect from the sun. This is a profound and powerful assignment given to all believers who live as “sojourners” (Psalm 119:19) or “strangers” (Hebrews 11:13) on this earth, as spiritual beings having an earthly experience. But it is not an easy task to be given! This world is filled with darkness and we are all drawn into it at times, but thank God for Jesus the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2) who lived His life without sin (Hebrews 4:15) and understands what we are going through!

David wrote this in Psalm 23, “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.” If anyone had ever experienced the difficulties and pain in the “valley of the shadow of death” it was David! While darkness comes to us all, remember you are the light of the world! When you are walking through those dark valleys yourself and are searching for the light in the darkness remember these two things:

  1. The “darkness” is just a shadow, which is an image cast when light shines into darkness and reflects off of anything in that darkness. That’s you! The light of the Lord shines on you at all times so what you think is “darkness” is really a shadow, an image of God’s light reflecting off of you in a dark season or situation.
  2. The “shadow”, the thing which the enemy has tried to get you to fear, is the very proof that God is with you. Yes, you may have to walk through a terrible valley, but you are not alone in the darkness. You don’t have to fear the shadows. The Lord has comfort for you. True darkness is not possible when you have the Lord with you.

…the shadows that are in the valley are, in and of themselves, the very proof of the light you’ve been looking for…”

John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Remember, the shadows that are in the valley are, in and of themselves, the very proof of the light you’ve been looking for! You don’t have to fear evil (although you can choose to) because God is with you! Yes, it may be HARD. Yes, it may be a challenge to your faith, your strength, your joy, your peace, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone or that the darkness has overtaken you. Shine the light of God into your situation – to others watching you walk through it who will see God shine through you, and to the spiritual enemies all around you who are trying to make you think the shadows mean darkness, when in reality, the shadows mean light!!

Thought for today

Check out this article I penned for Crosswalk.com, “What does it look like to worship while you wait?” and I’ll add one more thing – worship while you walk through that valley! David had walked through that valley and had learned this: “I will fear no evil for You are with me.” He wasn’t making a statement of faith here. This was something he had already experienced. When the Lord is your shepherd, all of the promises of Psalm 23 go into effect for you on your life’s journey. Is the Lord your shepherd?If you are in the valley of the shadow of death in a situation in your life, remember that you are the light of that world. Everyone walks through dark valleys, but not everyone knows how to find the light to guide them through. Look to Jesus and His light will reflect from you into your situation. You are the moon- set to rule over the darkness so SHINE!

They looked to Him and became radiant, and their faces are not ashamed.” ~Psalm 34:5

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