Summary: Difficulty encountered, Destination expected, Duty explained,

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Psalm 84:6

Life is not easy because life is not without its valleys. Wouldn’t it be great if we never went through valleys in our Christian experience?

However, this is not promised anywhere in the Bible. Valleys are a part of life that we are going to have to learn to deal with.

I. "The Valley of Baca..." - DIFFICULTY ENCOUNTERED

What is a "valley"? Is it not a low place? Valleys are a depression of the earth’s surface usually between ranges of hills or mountains. Valleys are deep places, fixed between two mountains. Valleys are dark places. Valleys are discouraging places.

The word "Baca" is a word that means "weeping" or "sorrow" or "tears." The valley of Baca or valley of weeping is a description of valleys that God’s followers pass through on their life journey, as they go towards Zion.

Baca was a valley in some part of Palestine though we are not sure of where it was; however, it refers to the valleys through which pilgrims had to pass on their way to the sanctuary of Jehovah on Zion. I believe it describes any place of suffering or any place of sorrow that you and I may have to face on her way home to heaven.

Don’t be Discouraged by your Difficulty

A. Valleys are Inevitable

I don’t mean to add to your sorrow, but there have been and will be more valleys of "Baca" for all of us. There have been times of sorrow and weeping. And there will be other times of sorrow and weeping ahead for us. The end of one valley is usually only the beginning of another valley.

The preacher Philip Brooks said, "In every pew there sits a person with a broken heart." Job said, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble."

1. Valley of

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of ." This was a spiritual analogy used to describe the experience of a child of God.

2. Valley of disease (sickness).

3. Valley of divorce

More than 1,000 times a day in America some judge’s gavel falls and with two words, "Divorce granted," somebody’s love story comes to an end.

4. Valley of dismissal (loss of job, livelihood).

If you listen to some today you would think if you love God, trust Jesus, read your Bible, and live in obedience you’ll always be happy, prosperous, and successful. You will be healthy; you’re wife will be beautiful; your children will be obedient; your house will be big; your car fast; and your money secure. That is a lie! No one is exempt. No one escapes a tour of the valley.

John 16:33 says "In this world ye shall have tribulation" Every major Bible character underwent times of pain, loss, and disappointment - even despondency. We should not expect to live life without spending some time in the valley. Christians are to expect difficulty, and look to learn from it (1 Peter 1: 6-7). Faith is not built on the mountain top.

B. Valleys are Impartial

Matthew 4:45 “..for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." Often people blame God for bad things that happen in their lives. We need to consider that events both good and bad happen in every life. Instead of asking "Why Me?" we should ask "Why Not Me?"

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