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"God Inspires Confidence to the End"

December 10, 2004

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“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 ... Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23: 4, 6

Psalm 23 is one of the most popular texts from Scripture. Has the confidence David expresses in these words ever amazed you? Here was a man who had experienced many ups and downs in life. He had been through wars, trials, and temptations and even after all this he knew he was not alone in the journey. David believed God, in His love and boldness, was there and would be to the end.

Maybe this is why we often hear this psalm at funerals. In the midst of grief we need encouragement. And at those times we can reflect on life, seeing how God has been with us every step of the way.

As we reflect on God’s Advent promises, we also draw comfort from these very words. There is something encouraging and comforting in knowing that “even though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me … and I will dwell in
the house of the LORD forever.”

Prayer: Lord God, Heavenly Father, thank You for the confidence I have that no matter what happens in life—even death—You are always with me. Amen.

My Bold Action for Today: Encourage someone you know who is in the midst of sorrow over the death of a loved one. Inspire them with your God-given gift of confidence.

Rev. John Trembulak III

Today's Bible Readings: Zechariah 9-10    Revelation 1

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