Difficult times are a part of life. At some point, everyone has to leave the mountain top and do their time in the valley. These moments in life can prove to be trying and exhausting. These seasons often drain you
emotionally, physically, and spiritually. They can cause you to lose your joy and proper perspective, therefore leaving you feeling empty and defeated. However, is this what should happen?
When one thinks of a valley, it is easy to picture a deep place that is dry and seems impossible to escape. It can be overwhelming to stand in the valley and look at the towering mountains surrounding you, and think I am stuck here forever. This is the feeling that many live with everyday as they go through their valleys of life. However, if the truth be told, it’s only in the valley that you can truly grasp how majestic the mountains are. Often times, it’s only in the valley that you find the most beautiful springs of water to quench your thirst. I submit to you that the same is true spiritually as you walk through your valley for this season.
God wastes no opportunity in your life to help you to understand His love for you. If you are walking through a valley of difficulties in your life, God wants to help you once again realize His worth to you and plan for you. It is often only in the valleys of life that we stop and truly see how God is working all around us. It is in those deep valleys that we can find ourselves drinking from God’s never ending springs of mercy and grace.
The valleys of life are not meant to be permanent. They are meant to walk through and regain the focus our life is meant to have. If you are currently walking through a valley, let me encourage you to stop praying for God to get you out of the valley and start asking Him to walk closely with you through the valley. This will be a turning point on your journey and you can begin appreciating what God is bringing you through in this season. I want to give you 5 brief truths out of 1 Peter to help you as you walk through your valley
1) Walk in humility
In this difficult time of your life it is important to remember that you are human. The thought that you can make mistakes and be forced to come to grips with your humanity is somewhat frightening to the one who enjoys the mountain tops of life. However, we must grasp what 1 Peter 5:6 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” This is just the reminder that is needed for those walking through the valley. You must come to a place in your valley where you are willing to walk humbly with God, drawing closer to him through the circumstance. The promise is there, that in God’s timing he will exalt you in the manner that brings him the most glory from your life!
2) Turn it over to God
As you are walking through your valley, you will be tempted to feel like God abandoned you. This thought process is not from God, but instead a lie from Satan. God has not abandoned you in this trial. In fact 1 Peter 5:7 says “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” What a great comfort! The fact that you can stop and lay all the burdens of your heart and the anxieties of your mind down before God, gives you the hope you need today. Turn it over to him today and begin trusting in his care for you!
3) Be aware of Satan’s attempts to destroy you
One of these most difficult aspects of walking through the valley is the immense pressure Satan will put on you. He is out to harm you and plant seeds of doubt in your mind. John describes him as the “father of lies.” John also says in chapter 10 that “the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” That is his nature, to devour you and cause you to run away from God instead of drawing closer to him. You must fight this battle daily in your valley. 1 Peter 5:8-9a says “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.” Satan knows that you are at your weakest when you are in the valley. His desire would be to rob you of the joy that permeates your life. He would like nothing more than for you to throw in the towel and walk away. You must resist this, knowing that God is moving in your life and His grace will guide you through!
4) Remember that you are not alone
The valley can feel like a lonely place. It can cause you to feel isolated and fearful. However, you are not alone. You may not see the people who are in the valley with you, but let me assure you, there are many on the same journey as you are in this season. 1 Peter 5:9 tells us “knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” It doesn’t matter what circumstances have caused your season in the valley, there are others there with you. They are having the same thoughts you are. They are feeling the same fears and uncertainties that you are. Take comfort today knowing that God is not doing this to you, He is doing this through you, so that you may help someone else as they walk in the depths of the valley.
5) Know that God will bring you through
I am not sure what you are walking through today, but I am sure that as your heart connects with God in the valley, he is working his divine plan in your life to bring him honor and glory! It would be easy to ask God why this is a part of his plan, but perhaps it is much better to thank him for walking closely with you through the valley so that his plan may come to fruition. 1 Peter 5:10 says “and after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” What a promise! God is in fact walking you through the valley and will ultimately restore you. He will give you the strength that you need to make it through this. I urge you today to walk forward confident knowing that God is in control and refining you through this season, so that you may be all that he desires for you to be.
Peter gives a great challenge to the early church who were persecuted and disbursed because of their faith. This challenge is applicable today for us in the valleys that we walk through. God is not wasting this opportunity in your life to draw you closer to him, therefore I encourage you not to waste this valley as an opportunity to be refined and restored for his glory!
** All Scripture in this post is from the ESV
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