Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
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.
David sure knew what he was talking about. After all, hadn't he been pursued by Saul and later by his own son, Absalom? They had his destruction in mind, but their plans were foiled. God had indeed miraculously protected David from any harm.
On September 23, somewhere in the country of South Africa, a 15 year-old found herself in a very distressing moment. How would we have reacted if three robbers show up while we are dining in a nice restaurant and for unknown reasons, began firing indiscriminately?
That 15 year-old, although completely terrified, was left unharmed, thanks to her dad who immediately came to her rescue. He dragged her on the floor, and then he shielded her from those flying menaces with his own body.
Although she left the scene unharmed, her dad was shot, and he died shortly afterwards. He was literally his daughter’s hero. Even though his daughter had walked through the darkest valley possible, her dad had been with her and he had shielded her from any bodily harm.
When facing adversity, may we remember this powerful act of heroism, as we too are assured that when walking through any menacing valley, God, too, is with us. We have nothing to fear. Why worry when our Heavenly Father is on our side!
Dear Lord, we thank You that You are with us. We thank You that we truly have nothing to fear. Thank You that You are willing to take the bullet for us, just as You did on Golgotha. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.