Although the valley is dark and terrifying things keep jumping out at you, don’t stop walking through it. It’s not the time to become paralyzed with fear, nor is it the time to contemplate the fairness of your situation. When you are in the valley, you must keep your focus on God’s promises. As He directs your path give Him praise because on the other side He has an amazing blessing prepared just for you. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you from what God has planned for you. Go through and get your reward.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4 NIV
Don’t stop praising God, especially during a time of crisis. Late in the midnight hour, during your praise, chains will break, storms will be calmed and lives will be restored. God inhabits the praises of His people. Your praise is a precious commodity. It’s your most powerful weapon against fear.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25 NIV
God doesn’t command us to cast our cares on Him just so we won’t have to worry about them anymore. He commanded it because He has the solution to every problem. No situation is too big for Him to handle. Take comfort because He is our loving Father and He never refuses to help His children when they call.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Sometimes knowing why is just not our business. Not every battle is about us. Knowing why and how is God’s business and we can eliminate a lot of stress and anxiety by trusting that God is always about His business. He who watches over us will neither sleep nor slumber. There is no one greater than Him so why do we feel the need to do His job? Let’s start doing our job, which is trusting Him and thanking Him for the glory.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV
I take my prayer time very seriously. In that time, I’m restored. My tank is refilled with love and encouragement. I receive wisdom and clarity. Not to mention, all of the people I help by praying on their behalf.
Lately, I find that my precious prayer time is being stolen. The culprit: worry. Instead of focusing on a Mighty God, I find myself focusing on mounting problem. Instead of thanking God for His blessings, I’m trying to find solutions to every real and perceived crisis that keeps popping up. When I realize what’s happening, I cast my cares on to the Lord but foolishly I pick them right back up and play with them in my mind. Before I know it, I’ve spent 30 minutes worrying instead of praying. I end up exhausted and feeling stressed and hopeless.
What does it take to get through my thick skull that God has me covered? He already has my problems figured out. There is nothing too big for Him. It’s time to reclaim what has been stolen. It’s time to give God praise for the victory.
“Can any one of you by worry add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV
Don’t be afraid to wait for God’s best. Settling for less than should never be an option. Don’t think that your season of waiting is in vain. It’s in this time that your faith and trust in God grows. God is preparing you to receive His best. You serve a Great God who wants to give you great things. Why would you ever want less than that?
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
There is always something to be thankful for no matter what season of life we’re in. Each season has a purpose, whether it’s a season of sowing, patience or harvest. Open your eyes and truly appreciate whatever season you’re in. Seasons are never permanent, they are constantly changing and always offering something new.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV