posted May 25, 2014, 6:41 AM by Dale Barnes

“He (The good shepherd) calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them…”

(Jn.10:3-4 NIV)  “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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” (Ps.23:4-5 NiV)

Recently, as my wife and I were praying about a difficult situation we were going through, I suddenly sensed there were not only two of us going through this serious time, but three: my wife and I, and Jesus. There was a great sense of comfort and wholeness. Everything was alright; Jesus was there, walking with us through it all.  I started thanking the Lord Jesus and sharing with my wife.  It was so refreshing!

These scriptures mentioned above are not just good biblical teachings, but they express to us a reality that God wants us to continually affirm. God does not always remove or get us out of difficulties, but is always there leading us in and through the path he has chosen as best for our lives. We can trust him fully in every situation,for he is the one who laid down his life for us, so we could have this close, real relationship with him.

When thrown in a fiery furnace, the three Hebrew men were not alone. There was a fourth one there; “...the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Dan.3:25 NKJV)  The Lord is with us in all things.  We can choose to trust him fully all the way through our life, and we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”(Ps.23:6)