Sunday, April 3, 2011



Verse for Today: Sunday, April 03, 2011

Psalms 23:4a - Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.

God's children often go through the experiences of valleys of life when things are at low ebb. There are humiliating and depressive experiences in life that they go through. These valleys are often dark, damp and lonely places. There are valleys of sickness, loss, failures and frustrations of different types when no one will sympathize with us. We often grope in the darkness of valleys not knowing where to go and which way to turn. The enemy will be there to roar and frighten us and lead us to hopelessness. The enemy will try to tell us that we are in the dark valley because God's doesn't care for us and love us any more. Sometimes, the enemy will tell us that the valley is the consequence of our past sins, foolish decisions or carelessness for which we are to be blamed. Thus the enemy will try to make us guilty of our past. But God tells us that the valleys are appointed by Him in our lives to teach us that even in such dark valleys, our Lord will not forsake us. He will be with us and He will walk with us in the darkest moments of our lives. When we cannot see the pathway in the darkness of the valley, He will hold us in His hands. As we grope for direction to go forward, He will take us forward by His hands. His presence will take away our fears and anxieties. His fellowship will take away our loneliness and give us courage. If we trust in Him, we will have no difficulties in crossing the valleys of life. There is a guarantee that the valley will cause no harm to us. It is a time planned for us to learn to trust in the Lord and in His mighty power. In the valley, the Lord will warm our hearts up when we are dejected and do not even feel like praying. But during those difficult hours, even our sighs and groaning are transformed as prayers by the Lord for which answers will come at His time.

Dear friend, are you lately going through a time of utter desperation in a valley experience in life? Perhaps you are going through low ebb in life when there seem to be no answers to your prayers. The people around you might be laughing at your situation and mocking you. But they do not know that your Lord is leading you through the dark valley to teach you great lessons to trust Him more and more. He has taken you to a place where you do not have any body other than Him and you have no place to turn to except to Him. This is the time to understand that it doesn't matter even if the whole world turns against you, as long as you know that the Lord is with you. That is why the Lord has asked you not to trust in man or in the mountainous powerhouses around you, but only in the Lord from whom all blessings flow. Even when the whole world forsakes you, He will not leave you alone. In the valley, as you go through frustrations, loneliness, loss and failure, the Lord will be with you. He will strengthen you to go through the valley and praise Him for giving you the experience of the valley. God's valleys are excellent schools where we can learn patience, trust, faith, confidence and courage in the Lord which we may not learn anywhere else. In the valley, the Lord teaches us on a one-on-one basis the sublime lessons about His power, care, love, peace and compassion which He showers upon you. In the valley experiences, the Lord was with Moses, David, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Job, John, Paul and millions of others through the past several millenniums and taught them wonderful lessons about Him and helped them to come through it victorious. Today He says to us to keep holding Him just as a baby holds on to her mother. May He fill your eyes with His bright glory through which you can see the light at the end of the valley! There is no need to be afraid, but to simply trust the Lord to see you through the present valley at the end of which you can see rays of hope coming from the Son of righteousness to brighten your path. Remember, at the end of the valley, the Lord will lead you to a mountain of Sonshine which He will enable you to climb by faith.

Psalms 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?

Thought for Today

In the darkest valleys of life, the brightness of God's glory will shine upon us to show the way.

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