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The Valley of Blessing
by Jenny on November 11th, 2014

"On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today." 2 Chronicles 20:26

No one likes the valley. The word valley is a geological term which describes a depression that is longer than it is wide. Maybe that is why Scripture often uses the word valley to describe a place of difficulty. Valleys are dim and cold. One's view from the valley is limited, obstructed by huge mountains on either side . . . obstacles so steep it seems impossible to escape the darkness. But sometimes we must walk through the valley to discover life's greatest blessings.

King Jehoshaphat reigned over the nation of Judah for twenty-five years. Jehoshaphat wasn't a perfect king, but he tried. One day Jehoshaphat learned that a great multitude planned to attack him. Terrified, Jehoshaphat cried out to God saying, "We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on You." (2 Chronicles 20:12)

Where do you turn when faced with the unthinkable?

God promises that if we seek Him we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). Jehoshaphat sought God, and God answered him.

"Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. . . . Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)

Do these words sound familiar?

Deuteronomy 31:8 reads, "Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you."

Joshua 1:9 reads, "This is My command--be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

Hebrews 13:5 repeats the words of God from Deuteronomy, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

Jesus defeated our enemy 2000 years ago. The battle was won. We must still "gear-up" so that we can stand strong in our faith, but the actual fight belongs to God. All God asks of us is to believe in the One He sent (John 6:29).

The day of the battle, Jehoshaphat encouraged his people, "Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed."

Jehoshaphat appointed people to sing praises to God, walking ahead of the army. Scripture says that at the moment God's people began to sing His praises, God confused the enemy and caused the enemy to destroy themselves. (2 Chronicles 20:21-24)

As was typical in those days, Jehoshaphat and his men took their spoil from the enemy. God's people retrieved so much plunder it took them three days to collect all the goods. "On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today." (2 Chronicles 20:26)

It wasn't until I walked through the Valley that I discovered a life full of blessing.

In what valley do you find yourself? Believe in the promises God has spoken to you through His Word. You may discover that your valley of darkness is actually a Valley of Blessing.

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