God of the ValleysAugust 11, 2023
2 Chronicles 16: 9 says that as we look to find and follow the Lord, He is already vigilant to respond and to save and strengthen us. I know that He did that for me, in a lonely and desert place in my soul.
Psalm 84 is about my recovery (Christians call that sanctification) throughout my life, especially verses 5 thru 7: (NAS): "Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through The Valley of Weeping, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools (blessings). They go from strength to strength till each appears before God in Zion."
The walk of the Way with Our God has many ups and downs and turns, as the men and women of God had in their lives, as written in the Bible. But Lord Jesus says "I will NEVER leave you or forsake you" and "though we are faithless, yet He is faithful, for He cannot deny himself". When we do not feel His Presence, as Job, David and Jesus went through, we can cling to His character and still believe, even in the dark in our soul.
We grow as we pass through those valleys of weeping (Baca). Sunlight and grassy hillsides and even mountaintops return, and peaceful plateaus, but as we journey, new valleys arise. We learn things about God, ourselves, and the nature of spirit as we steadily walk through those valleys. Do not fear them, but hold on to God and ask Him to carry you when needed. He is the God of the valleys, too.