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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

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).

Scripture: Psalm 23
Song: “He Leadeth Me”

Stretching about 140 miles between two mountain ranges—Sylvania in the north and Owlshead in the south—lies a daunting geographical obstacle: California’s legendary Death Valley. Temperatures in this valley can range from 130 degrees in the summer to below freezing in the winter. Water from the salt flats is undrinkable, rainfall uncommon.

When you add the mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas—it’s easy to see how this valley earned its name. A foot traveler, facing these elements unprepared, would be in danger from the start. Obviously, a seasoned guide, a few maps, and a pathfinder compass would be helpful.

As Christians, we sometimes face daunting circumstances. These spiritual valleys contain perils and pitfalls that we cannot navigate by ourselves. Thankfully, we have an experienced guide who can lead us through these valleys unharmed. He carries the right equipment too: a shepherd’s staff and hobnailed rod. What assurance and comfort!

Dear Shepherd, thanks for guarding my soul as I venture through the valleys. Most of all, thanks for leading me safely to pastures of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Follow the Leader” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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His Great Promises

His Great PromisesJacob's ladder

Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43

There [Jacob] built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother (Genesis 35:7).

Jacob stumbled upon Bethel one night while fleeing from his brother Esau. Using a stone as a pillow, Jacob lay down and dreamt of angels traveling a heavenly staircase. He would always remember the great promises God have him at this place—numerous descendants, land, and God’s presence (Genesis 28).

Years later, when he prepared to face Esau once again, Jacob reminded God of His promises (Genesis 32:12). How could Jacob have descendants like “sand of the sea” if Esau, in anger, wiped them all out? God graciously answered Jacob’s prayer for protection. Later, Jacob returned to Bethel and renewed his commitment to the God who makes—and keeps—such great promises.

When challenged with a problem, whether physical, spiritual, or financial, God’s people can do no better than to plead His great promises.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to believe Your promises and receive Your blessings in my life.

Quicklook: Genesis 35:1–8

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.

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