Discovering God's Presence in Every Season

1 Kings 20:28
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.

Never say God can’t or God won’t, because just as sure as you say so, God will intentionally do what you said He couldn’t, for no other reason than to prove you wrong! “Because the Syrians have said…” What has your enemy said about you? What kind of lies has the devil been whispering in your ears? What kind of evil reports have the doubting brethren or sisters declared over you?

It has been said even of The Way of the Cross Baptist Church (the church I’m presently privileged to pastor) by the nay-sayers of our community that “God will never do anything there!” Oh, but He has, He is, and He shall, if for no other reason than to prove the enemy to be a liar, and for all to know that He is the LORD!

When I hear these kinds of evil reports, it stirs my soul, because I know that no one shall say of God that He is not a God of the valley, as He is the mountain top, and get by with it. I’ll go so far as to say that your enemies in cursing you and your God have in essence brought about the favor of God upon you, as what they say shall backfire! No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper. What the devil meant for evil shall be turned around for our good and God’s glory!

So, when the enemy comes in like a flood, just remember that the Spirit of the Lord shall raise up a standard against him, doing battle for you and me! The Lord is our defence, that is for sure! Some may prefer mountain-top views in the height of their lofty estate, but those who dwell in the valley know all too well that the green pastures and still waters of God’s Grace are abundant only in the valleys!

Too many times we underestimate the significance of the valley experiences we have in our Christian journey. We look too often at the valleys as burdens and dreaded obstacles, but yet the Lord uses them to strengthen, develop, nourish, and mature our faith in Him. When trouble comes, it is a prime opportunity for God to show up and show out! Therefore, don’t forget that God is a God of the mountain, but also a God of the valley!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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