Out of the Valley
by Randy Chambers, 2016-03-16
John 16:33, NIV: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
In the valleys of our lives, the darkness overshadows. We all walk through our valleys, but we do not walk alone—that is something we must do our best not to forget. For our adversary, the devil, wants to make us think that we have no one beside us; and, he hopes to utterly destroy us (1 Pt. 5:8). But God is there with us, through it all; making Himself known in various ways. But it is hard for us to see or hear when surrounded by the darkness of the valley. But we can find some peace in knowing that the valley is not endless—it is not forever. We emerge from the darkness and step into the light. Our strength returns. The light at the end of the tunnel becomes brighter as hope is restored to our hearts. Such times can feel like the war within is finally coming to an end. And in that moment, comes a profound realization—at the end of war…is peace. It is a peace that transcends understanding (Phil. 4:7). It is a peace that Christ Himself gives to us (John 14:27). And you say to yourself, “Can this be true? Has peace finally come?” And Jesus says, “Rest now beneath the shelter of my wing.”