It is very easy to see God when you are driving the latest Mercedes or from the balcony of your penthouse overlooking the beach. The mountain top always gives us a beautiful view as we admire the far we have come with the horizon showing us the greater places we are going. Your victory clearly projects the image of a good God who is blessing you in incredible ways. But then the journey to the mountain top takes you through the valley. Those are cold, arid, lonely and forsaken seasons of life where you don’t feel the goodness of God. In such times it is very hard to see God.
Teach your eye to see God at work in your life especially in the valley. God will never abandon you. The valley may be lonely but you are never alone, God is right there with you. The view is never pretty nor does the sun shine in the valley. You must elevate your faith and open your eyes to see God in your valley. The grace of God is sufficient for you and His strength is made perfect in your weakness. Refuse to be overwhelmed by your surroundings and choose to keep your eye on your destination. The hand of God is right there to protect, deliver and bless you in your darkest moment. God is never closer to you than when you are at your lowest.
SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 TRUE, THERE is nothing to be gained by it, but [as I am obliged] to boast, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows–was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man–whether in the body or away from the body I do not know, God knows– Was caught up into paradise, and he heard utterances beyond the power of man to put into words, which man is not permitted to utter. Of this same [man’s experiences] I will boast, but of myself (personally) I will not boast, except as regards my infirmities (my weaknesses). Should I desire to boast, I shall not be a witless braggart, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I abstain so that no one may form a higher estimate of me than [is justified by] what he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. [Job. 2:6.] Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).
DEVOTION PRAYER: Heavenly father, I believe you are at work especially in the valley. Teach me to see You even in the valley. May I elevate my faith to know that at all times You are always with me. Amen