But God- Experiencing a Valley

Greetings once again.

But God Image_Color_CrossWe are going to continue looking at verse 4 of Psalms 23. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

One of the certainties of life is that we will walk through valleys. Dark valleys. Seemingly wide and long and deep valleys. Sometimes we can see no end to them.

The emphasis in this verse is on the darkness. In the Hebrew, it is referring not only to physical darkness, but mental and emotional darkness as well. It is talking not only about a dangerous land, but also the darkness of eye sight caused by excessive weeping. It is also meaning a spiritual darkness, where we, for the moment, don't have “eyes that can see” our Shepherd. We feel lost and forgotten and hopeless. There is no apparent escape from this valley.

This is precisely where David was at this point in his life. Remember? He's lost everything and everyone and is running for his life- from his son! And yet, he says he will fear no evil, because His Shepherd is with him. Perhaps, just perhaps, he was  recalling this experience when he penned Psalms 103, especially the first few verses; “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And FORGET NONE of His benefits;

Who pardons all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases;

Who redeems your life from the pit,

Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;

Who satisfies your years with good things.

Therefore, next time we're experiencing a valley, let's remember our Shepherd's track record in past valleys and because of Who He is, the great I AM, fear no evil.

Blessings,

Thomas

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket, there are laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

 

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