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Through the valley

Psalm 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

What a profound and impactful verse. Many take comfort in this Psalm; they find hope and peace in this text. They come to it during their darkest of times for a comforting and reassuring reminder that God is with us no matter how dark and scary the valley may be.

God is with you always.

He leads you through the valley, not to stay and set up camp. Not to settle down and make roots, but to keep on pushing forward, to keep on pressing on, and to keep on wading through.

Peace and joy await on the other side, and the journey is more than worth it.

I know that the valley is dark, and seemingly hopeless. Steeped deep in depression and doubt. It is a bitter brew of tea that is hard to swallow. And we wonder “where is God?” Where is He when we need Him the most? Where is He to help us endure this painfully over brewed cup?

(Jesus did take of this cup though, when praying to God the Father about His soon coming sacrifice, so He knows exactly how bitter it is)

But this verse says that He is with you always. He is not afraid of the valley, He is not dismayed by the trough of murky waters that try to drown you. He is there with you, holding your hand and leading you through.

And He uses this valley to bring out the best in you, to strengthen your faith in Him, and to cause you to realise His mighty power to pull you through.

His hand is never too short to reach us, and we are never too far from Him that He does not think of us.

There is peace in the valley, if we but just accept God as our help, our leader, and our protector. So do not fear, we will get through this valley!

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A worthy investment

As a former business studies student, the idea of investing in something (i.e. a new venture, shares, partnership, etc.) appeals to me. Or I should say, investing with a guaranteed prosperous return. No one wants to lose when they put in. No one wants to waste their time, energy, and money (life savings), on investments that never pay out.

But what if there is an investment, that is guaranteed to create a return that will be a million times more than what was put in? 

A deal like that can not possibly be fashioned up by mere humans, but rather it takes a powerful and almighty God to make an offer of such proportions.

God wants us to invest in Him. To wisely spend our time, energy, and faithfulness, in seeking Him diligently.

Hebrews 11:6 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 

2 Chronicles 31:20-21

And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. 

This investment requires a dedication that only gets stronger with every day. With Him, the “dollar” never weakens, it never dips, and will never lose value. There’s no risk of the bank going belly-up, and you can be assured that your investment is in the safest hands ever possible. 

However, your desire to seek God first, needs to immeasurably outweigh your need to seek a reward. Meeting God is the ultimate prize, and everything else falls afterwards. 

Genesis 15:1

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.” 

Matthew 5:12

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

Dedicating your life to seeking Him, is the most worthy investment that could ever exist. 

So sign me up!