Thursday, October 27, 2016
“…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”” Hebrews 13:5-6
Are we alone when we walk through this valley? Has our Shepherd left us suddenly and without a warning? Many times that is how it looks and feels.
Life was going so well. We were enjoying the presence and direction of our Shepherd. He was visible and present. It was as if we could reach out our hands and touch Him any time we wanted. His promptings were clear and we understood them. His voice was sweet music to our ears. We heard His counsel and appreciated the wisdom of them. Our Shepherd was by our side in a tangible way.
Then it all changed. Or so it seems.
The location that He has now taken us to resembles nothing like what we experienced earlier. No still waters, no green pastures. Paths of righteousness? What is that? We look around us and all we see is darkness. There is trouble on our left side and our right side. Did we make a wrong turn and lose our Shepherd? Where is He?
We are walking, but who is leading us in this troubled time? The smell of death surrounds us. We have gone from light to darkness without any warning; we do not know the way out.
We may have been caught unaware, but our Shepherd is never caught by surprise. He knows just where we are and what we are experiencing – so hold on.
This is the time to draw from your past experiences with the shepherd and stand on His word. Do you trust Him?
All that He was doing before was leading to this point. It is just a test. Do you trust Him to take you through this test and bring you out of it successfully?
Your shepherd knows everything. Trust him.
I fix my eyes upon my Shepherd and trust in His unfailing love for me.