Transformed in My Emotional Health
The Lord is my Shepherd…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 23:1,4 (NIV)
God will always be with you. You will never have to go through life alone. You won’t have any experience that God does not see. He is walking right beside you, even when you walk “through the valley of the shadow of death.” The difference for those who follow Christ is not the absence of the shadow of death, but the presence of the Shepherd. In fact, because of the Shepherd, death is now just a shadow of its former self. Not even death can separate you from God’s love. In every situation, God is there.
When the Shepherd walks with you he carries a rod, just in case you need a little prodding to keep moving. The purpose for the rod is not to hurt the sheep, but to lead the sheep. Sometimes we need a good poke! God uses his rod to let you know, “You can do it! Don’t quit! Don’t stop or give up! I am right here with you!”
The Shepherd also carries his staff as he walks with you. He uses his staff to protect you from your enemy. Your Shepherd can easily deal with any threat by his might power. So you do not have to fear evil.
You are not alone. God is with you. He’ll get you through life. And he’ll get you through death. He will bring you home safely. And you will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)