Monday, March 13, 2006

Life in the Valley of Achor

I came across an old devotional I wrote in 2004 called "Life in the Valley of Achor." It rang so very true for where I was at in my life then and somehow, resembles the Truth I have been rediscovering in my life now. I thought I would share some of it's wisdom with you.

"Have you ever had a time in your life where you felt surrounded by struggle, pain, hurt and even more tragically, felt utterly alone in the midst of it all? That is what I like to call “life in the Valley of Achor.” The Valley of Achor is a destitute and desperate place found in the Bible. It’s symbolic to me of the wilderness feelings such as darkness, loneliness and emptiness."

"The only problem is that the process is painful and like I just said, a process. This reformation is not happening over night. That is part of the struggle. But I have learned from the Israelites in the stories of Exodus that God doesn’t often lead us on the shortest path to our intended destinations. Rather He is best known for his seemingly detoured guidance through the wilderness. (Exodus 13:17 & 18)"

"Even as desperate as this Valley of Achor seems to sound and feel at the moment, I know that God has plenty of room to work here. Genesis 41:52 in the GREAT BIG BOOK OF EVERYTHING says, “God has made me fruitful in this land of my suffering.” My prayer is that God will make me fruitful in this Valley of Achor. The Israelites didn’t leave empty handed when they were released from the captivity and slavery of Egypt and I plan on claiming the same promise for my escape from bondage (Exodus 3:21). I am looking ahead to what amazing things God can do with this wilderness journey. "

"Now I’m not so super spiritual that I have all the right biblical answers to get me through this hard time, but my foundation was set on God’s goodness years ago when I allowed God to be Lord of my life and I cling to that truth as the only strength I have in this Valley. Besides, in Hosea 2:14-16 God spoke to me and promised me the same gift that he gave to the prostitute. “I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor will be a door of hope; she shall sing there.” I look forward to that day."

"So I could look at this wilderness position and be afraid, and honestly, most of the time I do. But right now, God has reminded me that no harm will come to me that wont produce some sort of fruit- whether it be faith, peace, strength, hope, a closer likeness to himself, whatever. And for now, that is what I must lean on in this most desperate place of life in The Valley of Achor."

God is good all the time.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am going through a sort of wilderness of my own at the moment and your post inspired me to keep going and not give up. I do walk with Jesus everyday. I drifted away a little, but He is back in control of my situation now. I didn't want to admit some problems I was having and He put it right in front of my face. Now that I admitted the truth to myself and let Jesus take the wheel, my wilderness is as dark as it was. Thank you for the inspiration. I am intersted in more about what you have to say. Please Pray for me.

unicornsfreedom@live.com said...

Sorry I am new at all of this. My name is Trisha. I posted the thank you comment.

Swanee said...

Hi Bethany, I came across your blog while searching online.

I was at a Christian Businessmans lunch today and the visiting Pastor/Prophet spoke words over me that I am going through the Valley of Achor. He was spot on. I have been going through this Valley for a number of years now, and it is difficult, but I can see the works that God is doing in me. They include a heart of passion because of the suffering I have been through and now see in others, and patience for the I know He will bring me through.

Thanks again for your blog. God has blessed you with a wonderful understanding and wisdom.

God Bless You.

Kel Marlow

One Busy Mom said...

Bethany...wow. Thank you for your honesty. God speaks to me through you today, a day where I have no words to offer God. Only questions and open ears. Bless you my friend.

anne said...

Thank you....I started to cry when I read your blog. I was searching for the meaning of the Valley of Achor and came across your post! I thank the Lord for His sweet ministry to my heart thru you! I invite you to read my blog.....my Valley. The Lord has promised us that we will sing....and that we are betrothed to Him! There is nothing greater than His love!
"no longer will they call you Deserted.....your God will rejoice over you!" Isaiah 62:1-5

anne said...

forgot blog address...
www.hegoesbeforeme.blogspot.com

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