Summary: Life will take you through a series of valleys. But God is always there to help you through.
“ Getting through the Valley “
Rev. B. J. Sims, Jr.
Many of us are so focused on life’s valleys that we tend to miss the joys of this journey we are on.
The psalmist has gracefully put a few, but meaningful, words together that can be used to help examine, with remarkable views, our pilgrimage as it pertains to getting through valley like experiences in life. We all have hidden hurts, closed closets, and covered calamities. The examination of this particular is very helpful of our growth in faith.
This passage begins with a vision of anticipation on the part of the psalmist. Then he continues with a walk through the valley. V4.
Finally he remarks the statement; “ I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Even those who aren’t evangelical, realize that human nature is best understood through religious concepts. Man has a fatal flaw. Man (FLESH) is sinful and shortsighted, contained and helpless in so many ways in life. Romans 10: 3 sums it up…” For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto righteousness of God.” This explains man corrupt and selfish character.
Psalm22, 23, &24 reveals Christ our lord as savior, shepherd, & sovereign. Let us concentrate on the shepherd, this psalm 23 can best be understood in the view of a journey where in an individual is wandering full of weary, confused by pathways, moved by mountains of mystery, venturing through life’s valleys, entangled in enemy web of destruction. Faced with fear, yet, looking to feast of food prepared on a table before them. A person cannot get to the table we make effort to walk through the valley of tears and heartache in V.2. So the question today is “ How to get through the valley?”
The psalmist seems to be well qualified to answer this question of the day. Why?…. Because he has been exiled from his throne, robbed by Amalekites, disowned by those who once knew him, stones tossed at him by his own. Yet, today he seeks to make statements consumed of faith and assurance. Today I wish to share 3 ways to get you through your valley.
I. Accept reality of the valley.
Whenever you accept that there is a problem you then can begin to resolve the issue at hand. There are 1 or 2 well-known phrases we use that show that we are people of little faith and much fear. “ Boy O Boy” or “ This is to much for me to handle”. Worldly influence has successfully infiltrated our minds and manipulated us to expand small ditches into valleys beyond natural dimension (We make problems bigger than they are). Start naming and claiming your way out of the valley and if the valley is still there.. Lack of faith.
Christians are going to have valley experiences. But with Spiritual intellect, we know that God has promised he’ll never leave us alone. So when we walk through sand, it won’t bury us. ; Walking through fire, it won’t burn us; Walking through water, won’t drown us. No matter if its fear or failure; trials or tribulations; troubles or turmoil; stress or strain, we need to admit and accept that we are in one of life’s valleys. “ How do we get through the valley?”