Life’s Valleys

Hello friends. There always comes a time in life where we are hit square in the face with tribulation and pain. We think it is hopeless, we believe there’s no way out of the slump, we constantly ask the question ‘why.’

God never asks us to go through valleys alone. In life, we all like the mountaintop experiences better than the valleys. But the never ending truth is, we’re going to go through valleys. It’s inevitable. You’ve observed that, haven’t you? John 16:33 says that “in the world ye shall have tribulation.” But the verse doesn’t end there. On no, it gives a wonderful and beautiful promise. It says,

but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

He wants us to fully understand that His peace will allow us to remain stable in the turbulent world that is around us. His peace has overcome the world! Be encouraged that the valleys are temporary — there is an end. And valleys have a purpose. God never wastes our pain. Just because we don’t see or feel God at work in our lives doesn’t mean that He isn’t. God is always at work behind the scenes, arranging circumstances as He sees fit, and orchestrating events as He needs them to bring about His great plan. I love the passage in 1 Peter where the apostle Peter says this:

There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6b-7, NLT).

God is a good, good Father who loves us and works all things for our benefit. He loves us so much that absolutely nothing can get in the way of His love for us. Nothing you’ve done in the past, no character flaw you think you have, no choices you’ve made – nothing. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, more depth, more any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:28-29, KJV).

While it’s hard to hold on when your world might be turning upside-down, don’t doubt the sovereignty of God. If you don’t understand what God is up to, that’s okay — you’re not supposed to! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to serve a God who was small enough to be fully understood by me. Whatever tough circumstances you might be facing right now, you are definitely not alone and you don’t have to go through it alone. Lean on Christ for comfort and reassurance and lean on other believers for prayer, strength, and grace to get through the next day. Just do the next right thing, trusting God that He is in control. I will end with another beautiful promise from 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verses 8-9:

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

In Christ Always,
||Hannah||

 

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