III. WHAT TO REMEMBER IN A VALLEY
Remember I’m Not Alone! God Is With Me!
You don’t stay in the valley, you walk through it.
I’ve learned that shadows are often larger than the real thing
A Shadow is an image without substance
When you are scared by the shadows in your life, you just need to turn around and look at the light.
REMEMBER GOD HAS A GOOD PURPOSE FOR THIS VALLEY!
REMEMBER THE REWARD WILL LAST FOREVER!
1 Kings 20:23-28
Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, “Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they. Do this thing: remove the kings, each from his place, and put captains in their place, and muster an army like the army that you have lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot. Then we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.” And he listened to their voice and did so. At the turn of the year, Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel. The sons of Israel were mustered and were provisioned and went to meet them; and the sons of Israel camped before them like two little flocks of goats, but the Arameans filled the country. Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because the Arameans have said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains, but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.’ ”
All Sunshine And No Rain Makes The Desert
God is God, not just of your mountaintop experiences, he’s the God of the valleys too
Growth doesn’t take place on the mountain peaks, it’s in the valley where most growth takes place
I. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT VALLEYS
VALLEYS ARE A PART OF LIFE
The Promised Land you are about to enter is a land of hills and valleys…
Deuteronomy 11:11 NLT
“Don’t be surprised when you are tested by troubles or painful suffering, as if something unusual is happening to you.”
1 Peter 4:12 TEV
VALLEYS HAPPEN TO EVERYONE
Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. Valleys are impartial.
“The good man does not escape all troubles–he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.”
Psalm 34:19 LB
VALLEYS ARE UNPREDICATABLE
II. WHAT KIND OF VALLEYS TO EXPECT
THE VALLEY OF SIDDIM GENESIS 14:1-11
They Got Stuck In The Pits…
Siddim is the valley of failure: where you slip, fall, and get stuck.
THE VALLEY OF FAILURE
THE VALLEY OF ESHCOL (NuMBERS 13:23-33)
in our own eyes, we felt as small as grasshoppers next to them. Numbers 13:33
That’s what you call an inferiority complex.
Eshcol is the valley of fear: I either move ahead or I give up.
What’s the place that you’re afraid to move forward in?
Do you see it as an obstacle or do you see it as an opportunity?
THE VALLEY OF ELAH
1 Samuel 17:1-58
Elah is the valley of conflict: Its’ when you’re facing a giant challenge
THE VALLEY OF BACA PSALM 84:5-7
It meant to weep but actually the Valley of Baca was a desert.
This is a metaphor again about when you’re going through a dry time in your life, when your joy has all dried up.
Water comes when we show up
Faith turns a place without water into a place of springs where you can find refreshment
The Valley of Baca is the valley of grief and barrenness.