Today, I’d like to share a bit of encouragement with you if you find yourself currently in a valley. I’d love to give you 10 reasons from Scripture that we don’t need to fear our valley experiences.
Humanly speaking, it is difficult to do anything but fear during our trials, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
Let’s consider His word:
1. .…for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5. Friends, I just want to encourage you today, that no matter what you are going through, if you are in Christ, then He is with you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. Even if it feels like He has. “…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:20
2. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~John 14:27. He offers you a peace that only comes from a relationship with Him.
3. “…God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” ~1 John 1:15. Valleys can be dark and fearful places, but we need to remember that God is light. We need not fear the dark when our eyes are focused on Him.
4. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” ~John 15:11. God’s desire is for us to be filled with His joy. It seems almost impossible when we are at our lowest, but the joy of the Lord is our strength. (See Psalm 28:7)
5. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9. Don’t you think it is interesting that we are commanded not to be afraid? It isn’t just a suggestion. I believe this is because when we are afraid, we aren’t effective for His kingdom. Yet, in this same verse, we are given the reason that we need not fear.
6. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” ~Romans 8:31. I’ll let the power of that statement speak for itself.
7. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:37-39. Often when we are in a dark place, we cannot feel God’s love. That doesn’t mean, however, that it isn’t there. His love allows us to be called conquerors.
8. He gives us “beauty for ashes” and “the oil of joy for mourning” ~Isaiah 61:3. One of the troubles with valley experiences is that they seem to serve no purpose. We can, however, trust that He is causing all things to work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
9. The valley won’t last forever. I know it seems that way at the moment, but Psalm 30 reminds us, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” From our perspective, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Our afflictions feel anything but light and momentary. We must choose to see our valley experiences from an eternal perspective. This is what enables us to endure.
10. He loves us so much that He delivered his Son up for us. Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” When I am in a valley, nothing calms my fears and brings me peace like pondering God’s incredible love for me. When life looks dark, do you focus on His unending love for you? Please do. It will make all the difference.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when life is harder than we feel we can bear, we can trust that You are with us and that we are never alone. Thank You for Your presence and Your peace. Thank You that You are doing a work in us for Your glory. Thank You for a love that is so deep it is beyond comprehension. Lord, in our weakness and in our pain, please help us to remember who You are and what You have done for us that we would not be afraid. In the holy and precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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*All Scripture verses are the New King James Version.