By: Anna Hart. The Pilgrim’s Progress Response to Literature Oral Presentation Chapter 4: In the Valleys of Humility and Death.
Christian said, “I will walk in the strength of the Lord God.” After this, the creatures in the valley of the shadow of death drew back and came no farther. The Lord’s strength also helps Christian defeat Apollyon.
Christian says, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me.” Even though he has great fears in this chapter, he finds peace through God.
Apollyon said, "You go back, and whatever the country can afford in the way of pay, I will see that you get it." However, Christian resisted this temptation and the temptation of leaving the valley of the shadow of death as Self-love and critic did.
I think the main idea from chapter four is that if you stay faithful in the Lord, He will deliver you and help you. That after the darkness comes the light. On page 60 it says, “There came to him a hand of mercy with healing leaves from the tree of life.” This was God’s mercy helping Christian heal after he was faithful to Him in the battle with Apollyon. This just amplifies how the Lord shows his mercy and love to you when you put all of your faith in Him. Christian had two main situations in chapter four where he had to put his faith in the Lord.
Christian exemplified great faith in chapter four. First he had a battle with Apollyon in the Valley of Humility. There Apollyon tried to convince him to come back to the city of destruction. However Christian did not let him persuade his actions. On page 58 Christian says to Apollyon, “I like His service, His wages, His servants, His government, His company, and His country much better than yours and all you can promise.” Christian defies Apollyon and they have a battle. Christian does not die, but is fatally wounded. Later on, Christian travels to the valley of the shadow of death. Here he is on a narrow path with creatures lurking in the shadows. He finds strength in prayer and makes it safely through the valley where he can see the light.