Skip to comments.Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 19, 2013 [Devotional]
Posted on 09/19/2013 5:35:02 PM PDT by Vision
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, NIV)
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
Sometimes in life, youve got to play in pain. In other words, youve got to keep going even when you dont feel like it. You have to keep pressing forward even when its not easy. Every voice will tell you, Youre done. Theres nothing good in your future. No, dont believe those lies. God sees your effort. Its one thing to do the right thing and make good decisions when everything is going your way. Thats great. God honors that. But when times are tough and nothing is going your way, when youre hurting, when you should be on the sidelines nursing your wound but instead youre still in the game; youre still getting to work on time; youre still being good to someone, youre still expecting God to turn it around, that gets Gods attention in a new way.
I believe God has a greater reward for people who are faithful in the tough times. If thats you today, know that God has His hand on you. Hes walking with you through the valley. Hes preparing streams in the dessert. Hes leading and guiding you in paths of righteousness for His name sake. Keep praising. Keep believing. Keep moving forward knowing that God is with you, and His comfort will guide you to the place of blessing.
A Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for being my Good Shepherd. Thank You for walking with me in the valley, in the tough places. Thank You for restoring my soul and leading me to a place of victory and blessing in Jesus name. Amen.