Shadow of Death | Monday | February 25

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. –Psalm 23:4 NIV

Have you ever read Psalm 23 and wondered about the meaning of the phrase, “The valley of the shadow of death”? The Bible says that it’s appointed unto humankind to die; that’s a given (Hebrews 9:27). But is there a deeper meaning?

I’m a simple person, so I like simple answers. When Christ died on the Cross, He who knew no sin became sin. God’s wrath was poured out on the One who was perfect, innocent, and guiltless. We, who deserved that wrath, were spared. He became sin, and we received His righteousness. There was a transfer of His life into our dead souls. It was the epitome of a tragic death.

Although every person will experience physical death, our situation will be different from what Jesus endured. He experienced pain, suffering, and tragedy so that we can one day walk with God in Heaven. The shadow of death passes over us, and we are forever free in Christ. We have already passed out of death into life. Shadows can’t hurt us; Jesus made sure of that.

Prayer Focus

Thank Jesus for giving His all to set us free!

We can choose to daily thank God that we are no longer condemned for our sins but free to live in God’s freedom and grace!

Brenda Beattie
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