The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the LORD says: “And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” (1 Kings. 20:28)
Whenever we are standing on the mountain we are able to see clearly. It is the best vantage point to see what lies ahead. Wouldn’t it be great to live on the mountain all the time to anticipate what is ahead? God allows us to experience the mountaintop. Joseph’s first mountaintop experience was as a young man. He had the favour of his father Jacob. He was given a fine coat and even had a dream about his future. As a young man, Joseph had a sense of destiny about his life. God often gives us a picture of our future in order to allow us to remember this picture when we are being tested to trust Him in the valley. This picture usually does not reveal how God intends to bring about the vision for our life.
However, none of us really derive the character qualities God desires for our lives on the mountain. It is in the valley where the fruit is planted and harvested. It cannot grow on the mountain; it must grow in the valley. God is a God of the mountain, but he is, even more, a God of the valley. In the valley, it is more difficult to see ahead. The clouds often cover the valley and we cannot see what lies ahead. Joseph got thrust into a deep valley that left him wondering if the God of his father had forsaken him. Jesus hoped that he might be able to avoid the valley that caused him to sweat blood. There is a valley that each of us must enter usually unwillingly in order to experience the God of the valley. And to experience His faithfulness in the valley. Once we have spent time in this valley we come out with something we would never have gained if we had not entered it. The valley brings much fruit into our lives so that we might plant seeds into the lives of others. God does not waist valley experiences. If we are faithful in the valley, we will enter a new dimension with God that we never thought possible. There is a harvest of wisdom and virtue that can only be grown in the valley.
Friend, Our faithful readers, rothers and sisters have God brought you into the valley? Knowing that the valley is a place of fruitfulness. It is a place of testing. It is where God brings what you know in your head into your heart. The only value of knowledge is when it becomes part of your heart. Look for God in the valley today.
So many want to be on the pinnacle or the mountain top without the experience and it can cause death. You need experience in order to survive the altitude. You must be prepared body, mind and soul for this mountaintop experience. Therefore, allow the God of the valley to nurture you and groom you for the mission. Remember it took Moses many years in the wilderness and he only saw it from a distance. Do you want to be in the company of Peter, James and John? Then find the God of the Valley and be invited to share in the experience.