Happy Sunday, friends!
It’s a cold Sunday afternoon here in Kentucky, and I am sitting on the couch reflecting on what I heard in the sermon today at church. It was such a great sermon, and I am so very thankful for the privilege to be able to attend church each week. I can’t explain how much I love fellowshipping with other believers, except that it is like a spiritual hug that fills me up and encourages me to press on.
Today’s sermon focused on HOPE. I love HOPE, don’t you?
We all need it. And we all want it.
Unfortunately, we tend to put our hope in so many things that let us down. Like people or things or earthly concerns. But HOPE in Jesus never lets us down. It is sure and constant. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…”
Jesus gives us HOPE even in the “valleys” of our life. It’s natural for us to want to stand on the mountaintops. On the mountaintops, we think everything will be perfect, and we will be on top of the world!
But if you look at the mountaintop, there’s not much growing up there, right? Not much life…
Where is all the lushness and beauty?….
In the Valley…
Yep. In the valley is where there is life and growth and beauty.
Many of us try to avoid the valleys because that is when we are usually going through difficult times, confusing times, or lonely times. But God is in the valley with us. He is surrounding us with the beauty of His love, and He is growing us into His beautiful work of art.
When we are anchored to Christ, our walks through the valleys are not in vain. They are producing endurance in us, and endurance produces character, and character produces HOPE.
Friends, you may be in a valley today, but you are not alone. God is with you. He will not leave you. He is producing in you a newness of Life that you cannot comprehend. Trust Him. Lean into His Goodness. Rest in His Peace.
To God be the Glory!