April 20, 2020
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV).
It’s impossible to live a life without going through storms. All of us will face storms. All of us will go through the wilderness from time to time. And that’s okay. The real issue is how we respond. What happens next? Do these setbacks consume you and cause you to stop trying and give up?
If we’re not careful, these storms will cause us to drift into making the wrong decisions.
They can cause us to lose sight of our goals. We start to listen to the little voice inside that asks, “What’s the use of trying?” Then we give up on what God has clearly called us to do.
They can cause us to lose sight of our values. Often, after a season of intense pain, our values and priorities can change—we let go of the things that used to matter so much to us.
They can cause us to lose our hope. We figure we’re doomed, we’re finished, and it’s all over. What’s the point?
In my life, I’ve watched many people react to their storms in many different ways. And I’ve gone through many myself, but I’ve discovered that the true test of faith is not how we react when we’re in the middle of a mountain top experience, but how firm we walk when we’re going through the valley of the shadow of death.
You’ll always drift in a storm without the right anchor. And there’s only one anchor that can truly hold us.
One of the Bible’s most famous passages says it like this: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4 NIV).
God’s presence is the greatest anchor in any situation. When you’re feeling hopeless, remember that God hasn’t left you. Make Him your anchor. No matter how dark your valley, you’ve never been closer to God than you are at this exact moment.
Often, when people are in the middle of a storm they’ll say, “Well, I don’t feel his presence.”
But the truth is, it has nothing to do with how you feel. The Bible says God is there in your darkest valley. That’s reality—whether you believe it or not.
The Bible tells us, “I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us” (Romans 8:38-39 The Message).
No matter what you’re going through, God is right there with you. His love is right there with you. And He will never leave you. Let that truth be your anchor in the storm.