Valleys are bad and mountain tops are glorious. The in-between seasons are the worst. You feel like you are not where you used to be but you are certainly not where you want to be. It’s the equivalent of limbo. Being sentenced to unending waiting and endurance. The in-between is so hard because you can’t see God on the mountain top neither are you being carried in His arms like in the valley. Here you have to carry yourself and push yourself forward. These are the moments where you must learn to hear God even when He appears not to be speaking. You have to see God even when His hand is clearly not at work.
Jesus was in-between when he was just about to be crucified. God had turned His face from him while the world was ready to execute him. He hang on that lonely hill abandoned by the earth and forsaken by heaven. Suspended on a cross neither here nor there. Those long hours where the hardest and He simply had to encourage himself in God knowing for sure that He will keep His promise and raise Him up from the dead.
You must stubbornly learn to see God when He is not evident. You must learn to encourage yourself in the Lord like David did. God was so far away and the last victory was a distant mirage. He had lost his everything and the few men he was leading were ready to stone him. His family gone, his destiny abandoned and David could only draw on his spirit and encourage himself in the Lord. Teach yourself to see God and encourage yourself in the Lord in your in-between moments.
SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 30:1-6 Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was there that they burned with fire and their wives, their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of stoning him because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
Dear God, help me learn to encourage myself in you throughout this season as I wait for my Supernatural Harvest.