Day 1: Present Father

Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
4 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.

“The evil at the heart of the trial does not as such produce Christian patience or endurance: that is a fruit of the Spirit, a fruit of grace that allows one to endure. Never does Scripture give thanks for sins or for evils as such, but, in every circumstance, for the very present help of the Lord, and for the sovereign direction that he maintains over all that occurs.” [Henri Blocher, Evil and the Cross, p.89]

When we walk through the darkest valley, our Lord, who is our shepherd, is the one who is with us. He is not absent or ignoring us, but the complete opposite. He is actively involved and present with us with his rod and his staff. He is actively fathering us. May his love drive out the fear. May this truth bring you comfort today, that the Lord is with you in your life situation now.

Let’s worship to “Psalm 23 – Surely Goodness & Mercy” (click here) by Shane & Shane.

Let’s pray: Lord, you are my shepherd. As I walk through the valley, Lord, help me to put my trust in you. Lord, fill me with your Spirit, that I may experience you are with me. May your rod and staff bring comfort to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

-AS

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