“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
Quite often when a crime occurs in "our neighborhood", we ask "How could this happen
here?" The truth is that tragedy and violence can happen anywhere. None of us is immune to them. Real security cannot come from walls and fences; real security comes from having a relationship with God.
The author of the 23rd Psalm realized this centuries ago when he wrote these familiar words, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." The psalmist does not say that we will not have to walk through the darkest valley or that evil does not exist. Rather, the psalmist reminds us that we need not fear or be overwhelmed because God is present with us at all times and in all places. God will see us through. The ground and content of our hope is the promise that nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love.
Thought for Today: Those who walk with God are never alone.
Prayer for Today: Almighty God, when the foundations of our lives are shaken, hold us close to you and remind us that you will never leave or forsake us. You alone are our hope and security.