In Psalm 23:4, David didn’t say, “though I walk in the valley.” The emphasis is on “through,” which indicates a temporary state, a transition, a brighter path ahead, a hopeful future. For Christians, problems are always temporary and blessings are always eternal (as opposed to non-Christians whose blessings are temporal and whose problems are eternal). Valleys don’t go on forever, and the road ahead is always bright for the child of God, as bright as His promises. There are no cul-de-sacs on His maps, no blind alleys in His will, no dead-ends in His guidance. He leads us into, through, and out of.
–From The Lord is My Shepherd by Robert J. Morgan, to be released next month.