|God Can Redefine Your Struggle
By Greg Sanders
2 Chronicles 20:25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! 26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.
We all go through valleys. Valleys of emotional stress, valleys of physical sickness, valleys of loss, and valleys of deferment all make us heartsick. Here is the bottom line: God can transform your valley. God transformed what seemed to be a valley of death into a valley of blessing. He did it in the lives of His people in that day and He can do it in your life today. Here are a few of the steps the people took in seeing God transform their valley.
- Put your eyes on God and seek HIs council.
We must remember that we have never exhausted our resources until we have taken the matter to God in prayer. The end of our strength is the beginning of His.
- Speak up with a word from God. We don’t need to make up a word from God, but we do need to speak up when we have His word. In 2 Chronicles 20:14, someone stood up and declared that the “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” For every problem in your life there is a promise in God’s word.
- Remind yourself of His promise and reassure your belief in His word as you journey. As you journey down the path of life, you must remind yourself of what God has spoken over you. There will be plenty of others speaking negative things. You must continually remind yourself of what God has already promised.
- Praise while on the way to the promise.
Some would say they were marching to their peril, but they believed that they were marching to their promise. The scripture says that as they began to praise that the Lord began to battle on their behalf. When you are facing a dark valley, realize that your worship, in the middle of such a place, brings God’s power to that place.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t be intimidated by the army before you. Instead, turn your attention to the One who is able to save. Recount His word and affirm your belief in Him and praise Him along the journey. God can redefine what seems to be the darkest valley of life.
If you are in the Camden area, join us tonight at 6:30 PM for the whole message entitled “God Can Redefine your Valley” or look for it soon on the podcast at www.pastorgregsanders.com