April 21, 2020
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Yesterday we talked about the different storms and valleys that we go through in life. You may be in the middle of one of those valleys right now. These are hard places on your journey, where it’s easy to doubt or forget God’s goodness. But you can always trust that God walks through the valleys with you. And He’s promised to bring you through to the other side.
Here are a few things to remember while you’re in the middle of your valley:
Even if it may feel like it, you are not alone. God is always with you.
The shadows in your life are evidence of the presence of His light. You want to know the best way to deal with your shadows? You turn your back to the shadow and look at the light. Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life” (John 8:12 CEV).
The Bible says God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all. You need to stop focusing on the things that scare you: those bills, fears, worries, that stuff that keeps swirling around in your mind. Move your focus off your fears so you can focus on the Father.
God has a good plan for your valley.
God cannot do evil. Even when you’re facing problems, conflict, shame, fear, or failure, God is at work creating some good from your valley.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (ESV).
Always remember - The reward will last forever.
You’re going to be rewarded for remaining faithful to Christ in the valley of failure, fear, conflict, shame, and guilt. You’ll be in heaven less than a second before thinking, “What was I thinking? Why did I complain so much? Why did I worry when I was going through those valleys? God was right there with me all the time, and he was good to me all the time.”
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (NLT).
No matter what valley you’re in right now, turn your back to the shadows and look to His light.