Yesterday in our prayer meeting we were speaking a little about how God works, even through a time of suffering. Also the IAMSECOND webpage put a quote yesterday by John Piper who said, ”Joy in Christ is not the opposite of suffering.” So where is God in times of suffering. We were praying last night for members of our church, who are going through a really bad time, some with cancer, some with other sickness and still others with real family problems. It so easy for us to wonder ‘why is God’, in these situations.
In 1 Kings 20:23we read ‘Then the servants of the king of Syria said to him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. Therefore they were stronger than we; but if we fight against them in the plain, surely we will be stronger than they.’ We find the Syrians are being defeated by the Israelites. Then, some of the Syrian king’s advisers gave the king what they thought was the reason for their defeat. They said that they had fought on the hills and lost because Israel’s God is the God of the hills. So if they were to fight the Israelites on the plains or in the valleys, they would win.
What stupid advice! They thought that the God of Israel only helped His people up in the hills and mountains, and not down in the valleys.
Now, mountains refer to our good times, and valleys, our bad times. Some people have this idea that God is the God of our good times, but He is not there when we are going through bad times. They think that He leaves us helpless in the valleys, especially when the troubles are of our own making.
Our God is the God of the mountains, but He is also the God of the valleys!
So whatever you are going through right now, know that God is right there in your valley with you. He is holding you in His arms and carrying you through the valley. Victory is already yours. Just as the Israelites were also victorious in the valley (1 Kings 20:28–29), so will you be because the God of the valleys is right there with you! That is the grace of God. He came down to our valley.