This EmpowerMoment was originally posted November 19, 2011. We hope that you enjoy this flashback!
Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, “Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.” (1 Kings 20:23 NASB)
I had been praying and seeking God for answers but it seemed as if He didn’t hear me. I was looking through my Bible searching scriptures that would assure me that trouble doesn’t last always. I was listening to music to motivate me and to remind me that He will be with me always. I even read my EmpowerMoments trying to get motivated. Guess what, none of these things were working. It seemed as if nothing was working in my favor. The devil had really been doing his job. My family had been acting crazy. My finances were low. I have never had so many pink and red notices at the same time. I was really starting to hate my job. My baby had become more mischievous then she had ever been. Like I said, NOTHING was working in my favor.
In 1 Kings 20: 22-29, it discusses how a prophet came to the King of Israel and told him that King Aram and the Syrians were going to attack again in the plains. King Aram’s advisor told him that God was a God of the mountains because Israel won the battle on the mountains. The advisor told King Aram that they could attack Israel in the plains because their god was not a god of the plains. King Aram figured if he could get Israel to the plains then they could definitely defeat them. They were in for a surprise. The same God that allowed Israel to defeat King Aram and his army on the mountain is the same God that would allow them to win in the plains. “Just then a holy man approached the king of Israel saying, this is God’s word: Because Aram said, ‘God is a god of the mountains and not a god of the valleys, I’ll hand over this huge army to you. Then you’ll know that I am God.’ “ (1 Kings 20:28 MSG)
After reading that, I thought back to the times when everything was going great in my life and I could easily talk about the goodness of God. I often heard myself saying I’m connected; I definitely can get a prayer through. I was on the mountain and being on the mountain is an awesome feeling! All of my bills were paid. My family was a gift from God. My job was a blessing from God. I thought from that point I would never let my bills get behind. I would love and cherish everyone that was connected to me. I was like the children of Israel that had defeated the army on the mountain. Then I took a trip to the valley…
I didn’t realize that the devil was trying to find another way to slip in and attack me. I knew how to get the devil off of me when I was on the mountain but when he unexpectedly tried to destroy me at my lowest point, I didn’t know what to do. Instead of my faith increasing, it decreased. I kept thinkg, “What is going to happen next?” Every time I asked that question something else happened. I quickly forgot about all the previous times that I was in the valley and God made sure I was victorious. When all those pink shut off notices were in the mail, I was trying to figure it out. When my job became a dismal and glum place to work, I tried to figured it out. God reminded me to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31: 6 NIV) God had to remind me that He is the same God when everything is going bad, that He is when I don’t have a care or worry in the world. He is the same God, even in the valley!
I felt like the Syrians, I didn’t realize I doubted God when I was in the Valley. I am guilty of thinking that God is a God of the mountains because when things were going good it was easy to praise God. The devil wanted me to believe that he could devour me at my lowest point. Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. (1 Peter 5: 8- 11 MSG)
As I reflected on my relationship with God and realized that every time I’ve been in the valley my God has brought me out. I reflected on the times that I had marriage problems, health problems, financial problems and even relationship problems and God fixed it. I realized that God is the same God, even in the plains!
I thank You for forgiving and protecting me even when I took You for granted. I thank You God for letting me know that You are the same God when things are going bad that You are when things are going great. Continue teaching me how to trust You even when it seems as if nothing is working in my favor. Lord thank You for being the same God in the valley, that You are in the mountains. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Women of God, I EMPOWER you to trust God through the good and the bad. I EMPOWER you to know that if you have faith in God and believe that He can do anything but fail, you can start walking in your victory despite your circumstances. I EMPOWER you to remember that God is bigger than your valley! Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8: 37 NKJV). I EMPOWER you to remember that God is the same God, even in the valley!
Ladies, share how you remain encouraged through the valleys in life?
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”