Going Through Valleys with God
Does God promise that things will always be “good?”
Should we be mad when things are rough in our lives?
Often we get mad at God for hardships that come our way, asking and wondering “why” these things are happening, or why God would allow something like this in our lives.
The thing is, God never promises a life without hardship. In fact He promises quite the opposite.
“33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Yes, God has overcome the world but that image doesn’t mean we are free from trials and sorrows, which seems to be our default response with God. His care for us is more like what we find in Psalm 23.
“Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.”
Too often we try to find reasons that things are happening. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when our actions and choices have natural, negative consequences and we will be able to pin point what brought those things into our paths. However, in spite of the why – God will ALWAYS be with us during those times.
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”[b]
Even in our darkest moments and deepest valleys. The questions we ask about why… are the natural, but unhelpful response. We should be looking to God for our comfort, thanking Him for His protection and promise to never leave us – and resting in that comfort and promise. As we do that, the heartache and pain begin to fade as He carries our load for us and as we acknowledge the fact that we can’t always know why or from where things have come, but instead trust that He knows the way to where we’re going.
Did you know that related to Psalm 23, in order for a shepherd to take his sheep to a place where quiet streams and green pastures exist, the shepherd in the Middle East had to traverse many miles of valley and treacherous landscape to get there? It was actually an annual thing, when winter would fade the best grazing land was high in the mountains. The trust for the shepherd came through the walking and being lead through hard times. Without those hard times the intimacy and trust for our Good Shepherd and loving Heavenly Father could not be.
As daunting as this sounds, the reality is that we MUST face difficult times in our lives if we are going to know God intimately. It’s part of the deal, our commitment to God through Jesus includes hardship – but the result is worth it! He is our creator, perfect protector and awesome Father. He knows what’s best for us, and knows why HE created us – so we follow because there is simply no satisfaction in this life without knowing Him.
“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”