Monday, November 16, 2015
Encouragement for the Valley
“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits -“ Psalm 103:2
If your staggering through the deepest valley in the day, look up you can still view the sun. At night you can still gaze at the sun's reflection in the moon. Wherever you are in life, no matter your situation, God is with you. When we go through hard times, we can remember Christ's presence in our lives in times past. We can remember when God intersected us at our point of need.
We can remember times that He has forgiven us and caused our guilt to melt away. We can remember when God provided for us or when he exchanged our sickness for His health. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will come through for us again, but we must continue to stride through the valley, even if it is a wasteland, knowing that God will bring us back to the mountaintop.
In the midst of our sorrow, let praise be heard once again. Let's praise the Lord for his goodness and for the times He has come through for us. Let's also praise Him in expectation of His miracles.
You must know that God is good and He wants only the best for you. What He has begun in you He will finish. He is crafting you and shaping you to reflect Christ more vividly. Then He will use you more powerfully.
Let's keep up the pace in the valley and allow God to bring us to a spacious place. He is faithful and He will do it.