Psalm 84:5-7 NKJV Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
I was thinking this morning about how our walk of faith is like a pilgrimage, just as this portion of scripture describes. This faith walk takes us to different destinations, some of which are good and some, not so good. But as the scripture says when the man reaches the Valley of Baca, or weeping, he passes through it after turning it into a spring. And the rain covers it with pools, or blessings.
The people that are able to go through difficult times have set their eyes on the victory that is on the other side of the difficulty. They have determined to look for the blessings while in the midst of the weeping, or difficulties. They are the ones, who on this pilgrimage of faith, are able to go from strength to strength because they don’t allow the difficulties to break them down, but instead they use the difficulties to strengthen them. The scripture says this man, whose strength is in the Lord, TURNS his valley of weeping into a spring. He doesn’t just passively endure his problem, but he turns it into the opposite of what it normally would be. He strengthens himself through the difficulty instead of resigning himself to the problem and just enduring.
We all experience difficulties but the important thing to remember is that they will not last forever, we will pass through them, and how we come out of the difficulty is much more important than the difficulty itself. Will we come out stronger or weaker; will we look for blessings or see nothing but doom and gloom?
2 Corinthians 4:17, 18 NKJV For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Whatever you are going through today, keep on walking by faith, not dwelling on the things that you see happening around you, but by focusing on the eternal weight of glory that is being formed out of that difficulty that will strengthen you and give you blessings that can only come from standing strong and relying on a living and vital relationship with Jesus Christ. He will sustain you and turn your trials into blessings! Take a proactive approach to the problems of life, viewing them as stepping stones to a greater destination, rather than stumbling blocks to hold you back. Pass through the Valley of Baca (weeping) by faith, from faith to a position of stronger faith!
If you don’t have a relationship with Him, start out your faith walk today by inviting Him into your heart to be your very own personal Lord and Savior. Pray and ask Him to come into your life and give you the peace of knowing the One true God. He is waiting to be Your all in all if you will invite Him in.
Father, I pray for those today who may be going through trials and difficulties. I pray that they will know You, the One who sustains and gives strength and peace in the midst of the storms of life. Father, I ask You to draw them by Your Spirit into a living and vital relationship with You and fill their hearts with the satisfaction and contentment that only You can give. For those who are in the midst of the storm I pray that they will feel renewed strength and a vision of the victory You have stored up for them after passing through the storm. Help them to keep their eyes on You and know that this is a temporary place that they are walking through and not one in which they camping out. May they experience Your peace and strength. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.