When we go through the valleys of life, the Lord doesn’t sit up in heaven saying, “I hope they get through.”
And that’s because God isn’t apathetic to our situation; instead, He will guide and protect us.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
When we look at the world around us, we’ll be distressed. When we look within ourselves, we’ll be depressed. But when we look at Jesus we’ll be at rest.
There’s a beautiful worship song that always seems to help when I find myself in the midst of these valleys. It’s called “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
Its refrain says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus – Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of the world shall grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
What I find comforting is when Hosea saw the Valley of Achor, the Valley of Trouble, he saw it as a door of hope, instead of a place of despair (Hosea 2:15).
What is that door of hope? That door of hope is no one less than Jesus Christ.
In John 10:9, Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Jesus is not only the door, but He is also standing at the door of our hearts knocking.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Jesus is at the door of our hearts knocking, will we hear Him calling? We can either let Him in and the eternal hope He brings, or we can continue to stay defeated and in despair, never tasting the victory that Jesus brings, and thus always fearing the valley of the shadow of death.
When we open the door, God’s power, presence, protection, and guidance are ours when we walk through the valleys of life. And when we do, then there’s nothing to stress about.
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
This Sunday Pastor Dennis will be looking at the life of Rahab, and how she took seriously the opportunity set before her by faith and received God’s forgiveness.
Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line (Children and Youth ministry available). All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
Pastor Lee also provides daily inspiration (Devotionals, Thoughts, and Tweets) on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dennis.lee.3760/).