Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me. – Psalm 23: 4
God led Israel out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. They left laden with treasures, hearts full of hope, victorious! Their victory was short-lived, though. Trials and other victories awaited them right around the corner. So too with us is this true. God will blessedly lead us to victory, to the mountaintop. But like the Israelites, we may not have much time to enjoy the view.
I think of Elijah at the scene of his greatest victory with God. Fire flashed down from God and licked up the water around the altar. The prophets of Baal were slaughtered. It was a wonderful victory. How does Elijah celebrate? He flees, hides, and experiences the lowest time in his life. But it is in this valley of despair that God sends an angel to minister to Elijah. Then God revealed Himself to Elijah in the gentle breeze.
Mountaintop experiences are wonderful. They pump us up and make us ready for the next victory. But we are mistaken if we think we can stay there. The battle is not fought on the mountaintop, but in the valley. It is in our everyday walk with God that victory will be found. It is that time in the valley looking to God that strengthens and prepares us for the victory.
Yes, the mountaintop is lovely. But don’t get too comfortable there. Enjoy the victory God gives while getting ready for the next fight. It is right around the corner.
Oakridge Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
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