Understanding Our Valleys
We may not believe it, but God is in charge of all of life. He controls the valleys. He determines their depth, their length, and their duration. He sends the valleys to develop us and make us more like Him. Let us not waste them!
We must learn from
The pain in the Valley
It does not say anywhere in the Bible that we will not suffer pain
It can be the pain of darkness, a pain of no help
It can be a pain of depression, a pain of no heart
It can be a pain of despair, a pain of no hope
Our valleys are often shared with someone else
Not that we’re a burden to them, or we are part of their problem, but we could be part of the solution
The prize in the Valley
A prize of repentance
When “we clear the air” and share our valley with someone
A prize of remembrance
When we remember everything God has done for us
A prize of reliance
We find ourselves relying totally on God
The path from the Valley
The path of prayer
It’s not books, TV or radio, it’s communication with God
Many times, we are told to simply wait
The path of praise
If we can’t praise Him in a valley, we have no business praising Him on the mountain
The path of practice
Walking with the Lord
Do the will of God
We will waste our valleys if…
…we don’t believe it was designed for us by God.
…we think it’s a curse, not a gift.
…we spend too much time reading about our valleys, and not enough time reading about Christ.
…we grieve as we have no hope.
…we fail to use our valleys as a way to show the glory of God.