Psalm 23:4: Even when you walk through the dark valley, God is with you to help you

God does not push anyone into hell; unfortunately, people do not make the right choice and accept their reconciliation with God through Jesus. God is good and full of love; there is no — as some theologians want to tell us — predestination, in which our Heavenly Father would determine which of His children He heartlessly sends into the never-ending horror of hell. Such theological concepts are from the devil, who wants us to believe through his nasty tricks and disinformation that God is evil and hateful.

God does not make you sick. God does not make you poor. God does not send you through a dark valley of depression or hopelessness. On the contrary. God helps us no matter where we go. Jesus is our loving shepherd.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4; NIV)

It is often our mistakes that lead us into calamities. We chose the wrong life partner… made some risky and greedy financial decisions… waited for a miraculous healing instead of exercising…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6; NIV)

If we are walking around barefoot in a blizzard with no shoes on and it’s negative 10 degrees, we cannot blame God and ask: Why did I get a cold?

Through which valley are you walking?

Even if we have made wrong decisions and are now walking through the dark valley, Jesus does not blame us. Jesus does not tell you, I told you so.

Jesus leads you. Jesus protects you

Jesus does not leave you alone through a dark valley. He is protective and helping you and leading you.

Read what it really says: In verse 4 of Psalm 23, it says: “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – with the rod, the shepherd leads his sheep so that it does not fall off a cliff, but stays on the safe, correct path. And the staff? With this, the shepherd defends his sheep when wolves or bears or lions come.

Imagine the calming closeness of your Shepherd Jesus. Talk about it with Him. Read about Him (John’s gospel is not sooo terribly long). Trust – full of faith – in your Jesus