“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.”
At all stages of our journey, whether in the quiet fields, the toilsome paths or the fearsome valleys, the Shepherd is with us. In human terms he is armed with his rod and his staff. The rod of protection with which he drives off the enemy and the staff of comfort with which he draws us to himself, lifts us out of holes and guides us forward. Our Saviour is with us always. His great promise to His followers was and is
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Always and everywhere He is with us also in His Word and in His Spirit. His Word is “a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) It guides us, feeds us, instructs us, encourages us, strengthens us and warns us. The Holy Spirit is ‘another Comforter’ who has taken His place within each and every believer. He too is our guide and our strength, the One who equips and empowers us, pours God’s love into our hearts and witnesses to our new and eternal relationship with God as His sons and His daughters.
There is no enemy that can stand against the Word and the Spirit of God. There is no situation, danger or sickness – not even death itself – that can withstand the Word and the Spirit of God. He is willing and able to guide and keep us every step of the way. No one and nothing can ‘pluck us out of His hand’ and nothing in all creation can ‘separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
And when we face the reality of death itself, and find that all human aid and presence has to leave us, still He is there to journey with us. We will never be alone again.
Feed on the Word – because it is God’s Word – pray and look to the Holy Spirit at all times
Lord help me to have a deeper relationship with You through both the Bible and the Holy Spirit, and to walk faithfully and trustingly in Your ways. Amen.