Berry Chapel Baptist Church
Getting Out of the Valley
By Pastor Steve Williams
Many people feel their life is hopeless. They don’t understand why certain things have happened in their life. They can’t see how in the world they are going to make it through. But my Bible guarantees me that my God will set the course of the playing field straight, even though I don’t understand. Isaiah 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: This gives me hope to keep living and trusting God. The truth of the matter is we will all go through rough stretches of life and it doesn’t look like we have much to look forward to, but the Good News is, we have a God that is still in control no matter what we think. Our new millennium has taught us that the promise of technology is hollow. (Look at all the hacking into computer systems.) The reliability of our government is questionable. (Look at all the corruption in Washington) The integrity of our financial system is suspect. (Look at the Wall Street collapse several years ago.) The security of our nation is compromised. (Twin Towers, Las Vegas Shooting, and School shootings)
There is an old Arab parable that says: All sunshine and no rain makes a desert.” If you never have any down times, dark times,
gloomy times in your life you’ll be dried up. You’ll have no depth to yourself, no maturity. It takes good times and bad times to make a mature person. Life is a mixture of pain and pleasure, of victory and defeat, of success and failure, of mountain tops and valleys.
We have become so self-focused that we have forgotten what God says about the valleys of life and that others have been here before and survived. David shows us all that there is hope in the valley of life. Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
There are five facts about valleys that you need to remember whenever you go through a tough time: (1) Valleys are Inevitable: They are going to happen, so you might as well count on them. You have either just come out of a valley, you’re in one right now, or you’re probably headed toward one. Valleys happen throughout life — one right after another. After every mountain top there is a valley. Jesus was very realistic about it. In John 16, He says “In the world you will have trouble.” It’s not a matter of if a valley will come, it’s when your valley will come. You’re going to have difficulty, disappointment, and discouragement in life. There will be times of suffering, and sorrow. There will be times of frustration, failure. They are going to happen. They are a normal part of life. Don’t be surprised by it. (2) Valleys are Unpredictable: You can’t plan them, time them, or schedule them. Valleys are always unexpected. They usually come at the worst time. Have you ever had a flat tire, or get sick at a good time? Folks, they just happen. It would be great if you could schedule your valleys in life, but you can’t because they are Unpredictable. (3) Valley are Impartial: No one is immune to them. No one gets to skate through life problem-free. Everybody has problems — good people and bad people. Problems, trials, difficulties, disturbances, downtimes, depression doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It means you’re a person. It doesn’t mean you’re an evil human being; it means you’re a human being. Valleys are impartial. They don’t care how good or bad you are. (4) Valleys are Temporary: They have an end to them. They don’t last. They are not a permanent location. David says, “Even though I walk through the valley…” The valley is not something you stay in your entire life. It’s something you go through — a circumstance, a situation that has a season to it. When you’re in a valley you often think it’s a dead end, but it’s not. They don’t come into your life to stay. They come to pass. I Peter 1:6 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. He admits that sometimes you’re going to go through tough times. It’s going to be rough. Life is tough. You’re going to have it. But it’s only for a while. (5) Valleys Are Purposeful God has a reason for taking you through the valleys. Whether it’s doubt, depression, despair, discouragement, defeat, He’s got a reason behind it. We will face financial valleys, relational valleys, emotional valleys, and all kinds of different trials. This is no accident, it happens to prove your faith whether I understand it or not. We love to enjoy the mountain tops, but you don’t build faith on the mountain tops. You build faith in the valleys of life. When everything is going fine and great you don’t really need God. But when you come face to face with a dark valley, you get on your knees. Faith is strengthened in the valleys.
Pastor Steve Williams
Words of Wisdom
- God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress. Kelly Clarkson
- Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. N/A
- The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. Billy Graham
- Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams. Ben Carson
A Little Laughter
- The Sunday School teacher was describing that when Lot’s wife looked back at Sodom she turned into a pillar of salt, when Bobby interrupted. “My mommy looked back once while she was driving,” he announced, “and she turned into a telephone pole.”
If the devil is knocking at your door, let Jesus answer.