A J-BAR PRAYER
Father, we come before you now on bended knee, hoping to honor you with our integrity. Please make our judgement as sound as steel and be our hands upon the wheel. Give us strength and vigilance on our routes and help us to serve others, as You did, Lord, without any doubts. Remind us to be gentle, humble and kind, and help us when we stumble in body and mind. Please shelter our families whilst we are away and bring us safely back to them at the end of this day.
I Kings 20:27-28 – “And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them; and the children of Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the Syrians filled the country. And there came a man of God, and spake unto the King of Israel, and said, ‘Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.”
The Syrian army made the mistake of thinking that Israel had prevailed against them previously because they had the high ground.
A valley is a low place. Often the imagery of the valley is used to describe low areas in our lives. Difficult times. Dark times. Scary times.
All of us go through valleys. There are some who teach and would have you believe that if God is with you, then you will only know victory and blessings. That the proof of God’s presence and power is found only on the mountain top. They are saying the same things the Syrians said!
For this reason, when we find ourselves in a valley, it is easy to begin to believe that maybe God is not with us. Maybe he has forsaken us, or worse, doesn’t care as much as we once thought. We begin to question “Where is God? Why is all this happening?”
But God is God whether our finances are up or down, whether we are healthy or sick, in good times and bad. In sunshine and in rain, in pleasure and pain, in smiles and in tears, God IS STILL GOD!
It was in the “valley of the shadow of death” that David said “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
It was in a valley of Elijah’s life that he received refreshing and heard the still small voice of God proclaim that he was not done yet.
It was in a valley of Paul and Silas’ lives when at midnight in prison, they sang and praised God.
You are not alone in the valley. God is still God. He loves you and is working even now for your sake. Trust in Him and don’t give up.