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Overcoming Life's Valleys - Part 2
- Overcoming Life's Valleys - Part 1
Sometimes in life we go through things that we wish we did not have to. However, it is during those times that God is with us and has povided us with everything we need.
On yesterday, I shared revelations with you from the 4th verse of Psalm 23. I hope that you have had a chance to read it as I feel led to continue the discussion today. This morning as I arose, "the valley of the shadow of death" was reverberating in my spirit. As I began to focus on this phrase, I soon realized that there was more that I needed to say on this topic. For I, myself, am walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
My image of the valley of the shadow of death is a dark, low, despairing, and sometimes lonely place. Looming over this place is the shadow. The shadow is not death itself but represents the presence of death, defeat, the end.
My valley experience began nearly 4 years ago and has intensified over the past year and a half. In the natural, I find myself in an uncharted, unfamiliar, uncomfortable place where I have never been before in my almost 50 years of life. But in the spiritual, I've come to know God deeper and more intimately than I have ever before. I understand and appreciate that He is working behind the scenes on my behalf and for my good. He gives me a peace that sometimes I don't even understand how it's possible. Could it be that He is breaking me so that He can use me for His mission and His Kingdom? Could my valley experience be preparation for a calling that He has for me that is far greater than I could even imagine?
You see my valley experience is the results of a poorly executed vision and naivety of the business world. There is so much to know about starting a business no matter how good your intentions are and how noble your cause is. My faith is strong and will remain strong and I know that God is able to turn things around for His glory. He knows how to get our focus and attention off things and onto Him because He has declared that He is a jealous God and He will have no other gods before Him.
Remember the shadow looming over the valley and how it represents death, defeat, the end? Defeat is not an option. It is not the desired outcome of the many life experiences that we encounter and endure. That's not to say it doesn't happen, but we don't intentionally aim for it.
Therefore, it is imperative that we continue walking through the valley because if we stop, defeat will overcome us. As mentioned in Part 1, God has already provided all of the essentials that we need to walk through this valley! The most exciting news of it all is that He is with us ! He will not allow defeat to overcome us. We are more than conquerors! (Romans 8:37) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever! (Psalm 23:6)
There is no valley experience that God will not see us through when we put our trust in Him. It doesn't matter to God how dark the valley is, how long we've been in it, or how we even got in it. What matters most to Him is that we have faith in Him and trust Him to deliver us through it. Do not fear. Be encouraged. God is with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. He delights in helping us; just keep walking through. Before we know it, we will be sitting at the table that He has prepared just for us.