‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me…’ Psalm 23:4 NKJV
One day Jesus will come and take each of us to His house. ‘How do we get there?’ you ask. ‘Through the valley of the shadow of death.’ This verse is quoted at the graves of paupers and carved on the headstones of presidents for a couple of reasons. First because we must all face death. Some senior citizens were lounging on the patio of their retirement community. One looked up as a large flock of birds flew overhead. He nudged his buddy who’d dozed off, ‘Frank, you’d better move around a little, those vultures look like they’re closing in on us.’ The Bible says, ‘…it is appointed unto men once to die…’ (Hebrews 9:27 KJV) Sooner or later the buzzards will move in; will you be ready? It’s also quoted to remind us that we don’t have to face it alone. Donna Spratt writes, ‘To begin a discussion on values, our youth pastor asked the teens this question: "What would you do if your doctor told you that you had only 24 hours to live?" The teens’ responses were typically, "Be with friends and family." But the discussion came undone when Jason, our 13-year-old, said, "I’d get a second opinion."’ When it comes to opinions about death, only one counts: Jesus said, ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’ (John 11:25-26 NIV) Rejoice, you won’t have to make the journey alone. Furthermore, whatever you give up for Christ in this life will be nothing to what you inherit in the next.
SoulFood: Zeph 1-3, John 6:1-24, Ps 85, Pr 24:11-14
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