Over And Through

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.”

Last Sunday we talked about mountain top experiences we encounter in life.  We spend so much time scratching, clawing, and climbing our way to the top of the mountain.  When we reach the summit and realize that just over the edge, another valley awaits, we freeze up and try to find a reason to stay. Jesus came to do work in the valley.  He wants us to join Him there.

The bad news about the valley referred to in Psalms is that we have to go through them.  They are inevitable.  They will come.  Jesus promised them.  We were called to endure them.  Valleys of pain, lonliness, sacrifice, and fear are all required of those who live a Christ centered life.

The good news about the valley referred to in Psalms is that we will go through them.  We will be moving along.  There is no need to set up residence there.  It says we will be going through.  This insinuates we will not be staying.  It is a gateway to something greater.  The beauty is every valley has a mountain on each side.  God takes you through the valley so He might raise you to a high place.

Don’t get a permanent address on the mountain or in the valley.  We serve a God who is on the move.  He is taking us over and through to the place He is preparing for us in the heavenly’s.

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