Yea, 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 23:4

Maybe you are in one of life’s storm right now and have cried out for it to stop, and it hasn’t. In fact, it has gotten worse. You’re asking why—why has God allowed this? There are no easy answers to that. But know this: where there are no trials in life, there will be no triumphs. It has been said, “The hammer shatters glass, but it forges steel.” And often in the hardships of life, great things will come as a result.

The apostle Paul died and went to heaven, and he wrote a few lines about it. But then he was imprisoned under house arrest and wrote the epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy. Through his glorious triumph in heaven, he said very little. But through his difficulties and hardships, he said a lot.

Many times when you go through difficulties in life, there are things you will learn and discover that you could not learn anywhere else.

Psalm 23 is a well-loved passage of Scripture that many have committed to memory. It is a pleasant scene of sheep grazing on grass and drinking from cool mountain springs. We love that. We love the green pastures and still waters. But then David continues on: “Yea, 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 23:4).

Yes, there will be those times when God will take us to the green pastures and still waters. But He will be with us in the valleys as well. And it is through those valleys we learn important lessons, because fruit does not grow on mountaintops; it grows in valleys.

God has His purposes in the storms of life. And He is with you in your storm.

Notice something important here of the use of the word “valley.” It is not a path, a simple walk-way, it’s a valley! Walk through your valley’s, and fear no evil! Even though you can be imprisoned. Even though you may be beaten. Even though you may be suffering. Waiting on the promise of the Lord for salvation. Remember this, you can beat you, they can torture you, they can imprison you, they can even kill you. But… But, my brother’s and sisters, they cannot kill your faith in God. They cannot take away your eternal life in Jesus Christ! 

My wife Christina told me something a few days ago that really hit me and I want to share this with you. She asked if I ever heard people talk about good times they have had? “Oh, if only I can go back to that day.” Or, even the bad times. “This is the worst day of my life!” She said, “Jonathan remember this, you will never have to face that day over again. If you are in prison. Yesterday is the day you will never have to face again. If you are being tortured. Yesterday is the day you will never be tortured again.” Live everyday in the now. Live if fully for God and keep your faith. No matter what! 

Pray to God, listen to your heart and let the Lord guide you through this… It will get better. Try finding the good out of your current situation and remember, the Lord promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Brother Jonathan

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