“Just keep walking”
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; For you are with me; for your rod and staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
I have come to realize that in this life we will experience valleys. We will face many trials and tribulations. The truth about these valleys are they are always subject to change. We should find it pure joy when we fall into various trials because of the work that is happening within us. (James 1:1-2) Submitting to the work of the Lord in the midst of the valleys cause our faith to be authentic. Sometimes we suffer grief or joy in all kinds of trials. These trials have come so that our faith will be greater than gold. (1 Peter 1:6-7) This kind of faith will result in praise and glory to Christ. The valleys we walk through will produce an aroma that is satisfying to the Lord. Through tribulations God uses them to perfect his purpose in us and through us. Suffering has a way of making us real and brings glory to God. These valleys have a way of making us simply beautiful.
Trials have great purpose even in the midst of pain. They teach us how to walk out the Word of God we confess to believe. It’s where the rubber meets the road for us in our walk with the Lord. Valleys have a way of causing us to put our faith into action. The Lord teaches us just like a good earthly father would or a school teacher. You’re given a lesson from a text book and ask to study the contents to pass the exam. The Lord does the same. The Lord has graciously given us a teacher, the Holy Spirit, and a text book, The Bible. If we study and apply the word of God to our lives we will be able to pass life’s tests.
Our key verse says, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for you are with me; for your rod and staff they comfort me.” The word “walk” indicates the steady advance of one which knows its road, knows its end, resolves to follow the path, feels safe, and is therefore perfectly calm and composed. You see, we have to walk through the valleys. Despite the intense pain or the fear of the unknown we have an opportunity set before us to trust God and walk through it. Allowing God full range to use what we are walking through for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). We must us then simply trust our Shepherd’s care, and hearken to his voice. The enemy would love for us to buy the lies that say we can not bare to walk through this trial. He will bait us with fear, lies, confusion to get us to do anything but walk. The Word of God does not tell us to settle in the valley and give up. It does not say, “hey, you won’t survive this trial so go ahead and turn around.” No, it doesn’t. It definitely does not say that we are to pitch a tent and camp out in the hardship. In fact, quite the contrary! The Living Word of God tells us to walk. That is it friend. Yes, just one step at a time. Surrendering to God with one foot in front of the other as He leads us through the mess of it all. Do you know why we can walk through the valley of the shadow of death? Because God is with us. He is there through it all ready to comfort us. God will not leave us in the middle of the valley. He sees us right where we are and is holding on to our heart as we walk through it all. This reminds me of a women named Hagar in the Old Testament. She was a women who understood that we served a God who sees. (Genesis 16:13).
God gave us scripture to spark our faith, give us life and equip us for everything we would go through. (1 Timothy 3:16-17) His Word is a weapon that helps us to overcome. Like Paul, I do not consider myself yet to lay a hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and pressing on toward the goal to win the prize. (Philippians 3:13-14) We must keep a kingdom perspective to walk through the trial victoriously. We can walk this thing out if we are trusting the One who is in it with us. God shapes us for the great purposes for which He has created us. He has created you; all your gifts, all your talents, all your valleys, all your hills, all your mountain tops and moments of descent. Ephesians 2:10 says, ” For we are His workmanship, created in Him to do good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Today if you find yourself in a valley I encourage you to do one thing just .. keep .. walking.