In life, one way or the other, there will be dark moments, there will be pain and sorrow, it’s Inevitable and we must brace ourselves up for times such as these.One interesting thing is that, when bad things starts coming your way, they come in series, and just when you think you’ve had enough there and then the unthinkable drops in! What to do?
You see, the moment the enemy realizes that you are in so much pain he comes even harder at you. At this point unless the shepherd intervenes, the sheep finds itself wandering in places it shouldn’t be. Truth is, people come to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and they expect a smooth ride to the intended destination, no! He doesn’t promise that.
What He promises is to love you beyond understanding and that love draws Him to be with you at all times.
Sometimes God doesn’t fly you over tough moments even though He is well able, all because it’s a process and you must go through so you can learn.
God sometimes allow suffering in the life of the Christian to fashion in him the right character and competence needed to accomplish His good purposes.
He might not prevent you from being thrown into the fiery furnace like the friends of Daniel but rather He will step in the fire to ensure that you come out unharmed just to prove a point.
In conclusion, God loves you so much not to leave you to yourself. He also cares enough to discipline you with His “rod”. If He didn’t love you, He’d let you wander off like sheep over a cliff. In essence, His rod protects you from the enemy and He uses His staff to keep you close to Himself. Jesus is the Great Shepherd and He uses both the rod when we need it and the staff when He needs to.
They show the loving care of the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ, for if the Shepherd starts off with 50 sheep, He will surely bring home 50 sheep.
So then we also can say, as the psalmist said, “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). Hallelujah!