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January 29, 2015, 11:29 AM

The Rod of Comfort...

 "...I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

This may be one is the most familiar verses in the Bible, as least part of it anyway.  As I was reading this verse, and once again understanding the situation the author might have been in, it amazes me that he has such determination to not fear what evil lies in front of him.  But there is more than just that in this portion of Psalm 23:4.  It's the fact that the psalmist sees the rod and staff as positive things.  The staff, I completely get.  The staff was used to guide and help the sheep out of danger.  The connotation of this word does not really create much angst in my heart.  However, the word "rod" has a different idea.  In this is the idea of discipline, harshness even.  The connotation is much different.  Both words define tools that are needed by the shepherd.  Both are required in order to ensure the safety of the sheep, but both do not carry the same "feeling" of comfort.  Yet, somehow, the psalmist DOES feel as if they both comfort him.

Are you at a place where you consider the "rod" of God as a comforting tool of His love?  Do you understand that God intervenes in our lives with discipline for our own sake?  Therefore, if we look at the greater picture, it truly should "comfort" us that our God cares enought for us that He will not let us simply do our own thing and go our own way.  God does truly comfort with His staff AND His rod.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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