by Jerry Branch

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Christians Should Be the Ones Who Have No Fear (9 of 11)
Series: Becoming all God wants you to be
Jerry Branch
Psalm 23:4

Psalm 23:4 4 Even though I awalk through the 1valley of the shadow of death, I bfear no 2evil; for cThou art with me; Thy drod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

There is an old Arab parable that says: All sunshine and no rain makes a desert."
Even though we might all like to have nothing buy 'sunshiny days', without rain, we're going to end up being a pile of dried out dust. If we never have any downer times, if we never have any dark times, if we never have any gloomy times in our lives, we end up drying up. Without the rain and storms of life, we end up with no depth, no maturity. It takes good times and bad times to make a mature person. That's why life is a mixture of victories and defeats, of successes and failures, of mountain tops and valleys.
But never forget that even in our darkest valleys, God is still there with us.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

In Israel there is a real Valley of the Shadow of Death. It's a steep, deep and narrow canyon. Rick Higbee has seen it when he was in Israel. I asked him to put a picture of it up on the screen for us. You can see the darkness in it. That's because the sun only hits the bottom of it when it's directly overhead at high noon. The rest of the time the bottom of the canyon is dark. It's thought that even David probably led his sheep through the valley of the shadow of death as he was growing up.

David gained a lot of experience in the valleys of his day. So Valley experiences are important. On top of that, IF those valley experiences weren't important, we would not find them mentioned in the Bible...that's why as you look in the Bible, and find the term "valley," it refers to all kinds of rough times in life.
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