Stay Peaceful Though in the Valley (Noon)
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Psalm 23:4 Yea, 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.
Bingo was a wild dog. He always walked the streets of a small town in America. When winter came, he often got cold. He tried to find a bridge and stayed there. He knew that under the bridge, he could always find some homeless people who gathered and fire to warm themselves. He got closer to the campfire along with many other people. For him, the safest and most comfortable place for him was near a campfire. No matter how cold it was out there, he knew he would be safe.
Just like a campfire is a source of warmth in winter, likewise a lamp flame is a source of light in the middle of darkness. When the sky gets darker, we must turn on the lights because we know the light source allows us to see clearly. However, neither the campfire nor the lamp is a temporary source. When the wood runs out, the fire will be put out. When the filament has been cut or the power line is cut, the lamp can no longer shine its light.
But not so with Jesus. He is a source that is eternal. Jesus is the source of true joy and peace. From then, now and forever, no matter what situation or condition is going on, He is still the Source of endless peace and joy. So that when we have God in our hearts and have a close relationship with Him, even if we are in the darkest valley, peace and joy will always be in our hearts.
A CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD ALWAYS BRING PEACE INTO our hearts, even though we are in a VALLEY.
1. Do you have a close relationship with God, the Prince of Peace?
2. Why do you think God sometimes allows darkness to occur in your life?
3. What should you do if you are in the valley of darkness so that you can still have joy and peace?
“Jesus, thank you for coming to this world and bringing true joy and peace to us all. We invite You to dwell in our hearts so that in all circumstances, Your peace and joy may always be in our lives. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”