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. Psalm 23:4
As he was going through life, David knew at times he would be walking through a dark valley. Even though it was very dark, David knew that he was in the right spot and that God was taking care of him. God was guiding his every step through His commands. David was comforted knowing the Law of God, because it kept him doing the right thing.
Walking in the dark, and walking through the dark, are two different things. One is a person purposefully living in darkness or walking in the darkness. The other is one on a path that gets dark, but he is walking through it, and will not live in that darkness, it is only a part of the journey.
When a person is walking through a dark valley, it can seem to be scary. One cannot physically see what is ahead or even nearby because of the darkness.
The believer, however, has the comfort of God’s word and God’s Holy Spirit in his life. Often people look at God’s Word and His Spirit as a restriction or a burden to bear. It needs to be looked at as a guide book to living life to the fullest.
All of the commands of God are there to guide you in how to live your life in the best way possible. The “restrictions” listed are there for your protection. The things the world wants to do, and does, may appear to be fun and full of life, but in the end they bring death and destruction. There is no real life in the ways of this world.
Read God’s word, the Bible, as a guide book for living a great life. Listen to what God’s Holy Spirit has to tell you. Follow His guidance. In these things you will have true comfort and peace that the world cannot and will not ever give you.
As you walk through the darkness, remember that it is God who has guided your steps into the darkness, and He will continue to guide your steps through the darkness and out again.
I pray today that you will hear God’s Spirit guiding you; that you will read and study God’s Word for guidance; that you will not fear the evil in this world; and that you will find comfort in God’s Word for your life.