Archive for June, 2011

The words of a popular Christian song by Matt Redman really bless me:

Even though I walk,
through the valley of the shadow of death,
Your perfect love is casting out fear.

Even though I’m caught in the middle,
Of the storms of this life,
I won’t turn back I know you are near.

I will fear no evil
for my God is with me
and if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
in every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me.

There is so much truth within these lyrics. Sometimes when in the middle of valley experiences we need to be reminded of these simple but profound truths. I am glad that through a personal relationship with Christ I am as safe and secure as the integrity of God. We know this in our heart but how do we respond when we are in the middle of a valley and God feels a million miles away.

1. Never question in the dark what God has shown you in the light. Truth is not subjective to feelings or circumstances. The old saying “it is always the darkest before the dawn” may be true. I know from hunting and being outdoors it is always coldest right before the dawn. It may be your darkest hour but remember what God told you in good times.
2. Remember it is ok to be discouraged. Some people think it is a sin to be or get discouraged. If that is true then everyone commits this sin. The issue is don’t let your discouragement cause you to quit, or question God’s love. The proof of God’s love is not our health or wealth but that Jesus died for us at the cross, that we might have life and hope. Remember there is always hope.
3. Don’t quit or you forfeit your harvest. Gal 6:9 “Let us not be weary in well-doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” Discouragement is the beginning of quitting but fainting is the actual act of quitting. The picture of fainting is when a hunter with a bow who has been in search of his prey stops and puts his arrow in the quiver, then takes the string off the bow. The hunter then ceases to hunt, and has no hope of reward for his effort. When you quit, walk away or give up, it is the death nail to the blessing and harvest that was waiting for you receive. Victory may be just around the corner and often we give up before we experience it. “In due season we shall reap if we faint not”. Don’t quit!
4. Look to the word for strength and comfort. The flip side of this is don’t trust your feelings. This is closely related to number 1. God’s word is true and can be trusted, whereas; feelings can be misleading. God’s word will bring a proper perspective to your situation and often lift you up above the difficulty and fill you with hope and understanding. If you are in a valley spend time regularly in God’s word.
5. Never make any major decisions in valley experiences. Your thinking is not clear, your emotions are a mess and you cannot make a sound decision. Give it some time before you make a decision. Too often, believers make decisions from emotions, when they should have waited, prayed, sought godly counsel and dug deep into God’s word.
6. Have hope because this valley experience will pass. Trust in the Lord and the power of His might and this will pass. Remember this is not all there is and God will bring you through.
7. Remind yourself of the truth found in Matt Redman’s song; “Oh no, You never let go”.