Even in the Valley God is Goodby Dr. Gary S. Moore on 05/04/18
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
Today I’m leaving for a quick trip to Georgia, but it’s not a pleasure trip, Nor am I preaching a revival or attending a Mission Conference. It’s a sad occasion that takes me home, my dear aunt Janet Moore just yesterday went home to be with the Lord. Like my own mother she was a very faithful pastor’s wife, a loving mother and grandmother and the perfect companion to her Pastor, Preacher, Evangelist husband. Preston is well know and much loved by Christians and Church leaders all over the south and it took a very special lady to stand in the shadows giving love and support to her husband. I’m very sad to see her go and will miss her in a big way, but I’m also very glad she is now safe at home with Jesus seeing her loved ones gone before and enjoying all Heaven has to offer.
These are the times we walk through that valley of the shadow of death, and there we find Jesus. I know many believe that David is speaking of the shadow of death being a persons own crossing, but the older I get the more I’m convinced that when someone near and dear to us dies, we walk through that valley, and sometimes it would be easier to face our own death than to say goodby to a dear one. It is during these times of grief that Jesus walks very close, giving us hope, offering comfort and bringing us peace. To my Uncle Preston, Tim and Jan, I pray that you will sense the presence of Jesus so close that you feel you could reach out and hold His nail scared hand.
Jesus walks alongside us in our sorrow and comforts us in several ways. First, He reminds us of the promise of Heaven, the great hope of the believer. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
I Thessalonians 4:13. Heaven is real and is a reality to our loved ones who have died in Christ Jesus. I have thought a lot about Heaven over the last few years and I have come to the conclusion that I do not know, nor can I know just what Heaven will he like. The scripture says, 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Heaven is beyond the reach of the mortal life, but after death it becomes the only reality. What I do know is that it will exceed expectations.
Also, Jesus comforts us through His Spirit. I don’t know how peace comes to the broken heart and the wounded soul, but I know it does. I’ve seen the families who were broken to pieces by grief find a peace I never thought possible through Jesus Christ. It is past understanding, but it is the very real truth, He speaks peace to His own.
Jesus also gives comfort through the people He places around us. I know that so many family members walking close to Christ that will surround Uncle Preston and his family bringing great comfort and lasting peace as they walk through this valley of grief. In my life there have been those who spoke to me, prayed for me or offered some practical expression of love at the very moment I needed it most.
Yes, walking with Jesus is joyous, even in the valley of the shadow of death.
Awaiting His Return!
Dr. Gary S. Moore