Scripture Reading: Psalm 143:1-12
Share this story with me, “A Preacher who had just lost his family to fire was actually in the valley of deep and dark depression. One day as he walked down a city street, he came to a church construction site. He stopped by to watch the workers as they worked; observing one of the workers busy carving a triangle out of a stone with a chisel and hammer. Stepping closer he asked the stone cutter what he was carving. Pointing to the steeple of the church, he said, “Do you see that small opening up there near the steeple? Well I am carving this stone down here so that it will fit in up there”. Meditating on this response, the Preachers’ heart was stirred. He realized anew the faithfulness of God and came to the understanding that the valley he was in at that moment was God’s way of carving him down here so that he would fit in up there. This world is filled with men and women in the valley of life like the Preacher. You would agree with me that there are many people who are at different levels of depression, despair, despondency and defeat. Some are in these conditions now. The Holy Spirit wants us at today’s reflection to meditate on today’s Scripture; perhaps you can find help in times of valley experience. Holy Spirit challenges and encourages you today with this word from the Psalmist, “Do not waste your valley,” for the Scriptures says that, “The steps of the good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way.” (Psa. 37:23) Beloved take note that the Lord controls the direction of our lives, so Scripture says, “We know that in all things, God work for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) Dear child of God, hear this good news: God of power and might, controls the valleys; determines their depths, their length and their duration. He is perfectly in charge and in absolute control. He, therefore, allows us to walk into some valleys in our lives to develop us and make us more like His Son – Jesus Christ. St. Paul writing to the Ephesians said, “And so we shall come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the son of God, we shall become matured people reaching to the very height of Christ’s full stature.” (Eph. 4:13)
So if God loves you, which of course He does; if He allows valley experiences in our lives which of course He sometimes does, it would mean lack of spiritual maturity to waste the situations. Even when we are inside the valley of our lives, God’s finger of love is there to rescue us. In Jeremiah 38:2, hosts of wickedness conspired to throw Prophet Jeremiah into a dry pit, but the finger of God pulled him out. In the same vein, some envious and jealous governors conspired against Daniel and threw him into a pit containing lions, but the finger of God sealed the mouths of the lions (Daniel 6). The finger of God went ahead to revenge for Daniel. In Esther 3, Haman, out of wickedness of heart, plotted against Mordecai and all the Jews, but God turned that valley situation to a mountain top experience for him and the Jews. Our Lord says, “These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulations! But be of good cheers, I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33) Whatever your condition is now, see the finger of God working to deliver you.
- Thank God for today’s reflection.
- Lord, hear my prayers. In Your righteousness listen to my plea, answer me in Your faithfulness.
- Pray with Psalm 13:2-11.
- Pray for all your relations and friends in valley situation; ask the Lord to come to their aid.
- Take seriously the Prayer for Financial Breakthrough/ Employment.
- Take seriously the Prayer for Termination of Evil Covenants. (prayers nos. 5&6 to be taken between 12.30 am and 3.00pm)
- Pray for all Christians all over the world facing death penalties for their faith that God may help them.
Exercise: Encourage someone today with this reflection.
Memory Verse: Psalm 143:1.