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Monday, May 31, 2021

Psalm 23:4 says, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil [harm]. "

The next verse says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."

Let's look at the situation. First, we are in a valley. From our perspective the way out may appear difficult, even impossible. Yet, the LORD has prepared a table for us THERE. He knows us. He knows our situation from the inside out. He knows the exact provisions necessary to enable us to transcend every valley and cross the victory line.

The key is to sit at that table and eat, to partake of the Bread of Life. We must stop scurrying around the table like little children. When fear, despondency, anxiety keep us on the run, that is the signal to act in faith, and sit down, and be still. Only then can we hear God’s rhema Word, receive His wisdom, be filled with His Spirit, and overcome. The account of John 11 shows us just how important hearing from God is.

Jesus had heard of Lazarus’ situation. The man was sick. He needed a physician. However, we read that Jesus did not make a move in His own volition. Being Spirit-led, Jesus waited upon the Holy Spirit’s direction before He proceeded (John 11:6).

What does Jesus teach His disciples? He says, “Are there not 12 hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night [dark], he stumbleth, because there is no light in him” (John 11:9-10).

Jesus shows us a parallel to daylight hours in the natural realm to the light of the God’s Word in the spiritual realm. In both our natural walk as well as our spiritual walk, we must have light to see our way (John 8:12). If we place ourselves in Jesus’ situation, we understand that His patience was at work. Emotionally, He had a close relationship with this family. He spent time with them as friends. Yet, obedience to His Father’s will and time is what counted most (John 11:6). And we know how this story ends.

Only God knows what is happening in the invisible realm. We must seek His wisdom—just as Jesus did—to know how to live and walk in the Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16, 24-25). No matter in what valley we find ourselves, we know God has a way through it. Hallelujah!

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness…” Psalm 112:4

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