Never before had this Scripture spoken to me like it did that day. I was going through a difficult season and I needed a word from God to tell me that I was going to make it through. It wasn’t just for me. This was for the entire group of people I was co-leading. That meant there were 18 other people in need of a word from God letting us know we were not defeated. I sat in my hotel room fasting and praying for revelation, for a breakthrough, for anything God would give me.
God is so faithful. He never fails and when we cry out to him with a pure heart, he is sure to answer us. He answered me in that little room above the dirty streets of Varanasi and the word he gave me has carried me to where I am today.
We will always go through valleys of weeping. There will be trials, tribulations, struggles, difficulties, whatever you want to call it. They come and that’s a fact. Our response to these circumstances is what makes the difference. So my question is:
In whom do you find your strength?
David said in this Psalm, “those whose strength is in You (God)…” take the Valley of Weeping and they make it a source of satisfaction and blessing. When our strength is found in the Lord our God, we not only go through the Valley of Weeping and make it to the City of the Living God, but we actually transform the valley into a place of satisfaction and blessing. We change the very geography of the valley into something beautiful.
We were not created to just grin and bear difficult circumstances. God has given us the strength to transform difficulty into blessing. He has equipped us to do the impossible and bring life into dead places.
The strength we had for yesterday will not be the strength that will get us through today, however. “They go from strength to strength,” tells me that we must receive a fresh strength for today which calls for utter and complete dependence on the Father. He alone provides the strength and wisdom we need to overcome every circumstance we face. What got you through the last valley may have given you some wisdom and insight for the next one, but the strength you use will be new. This means that we must be in constant connection with Holy Spirit if we are to ever transform a valley. There must be communication, times of quiet listening and receiving from the One who has overcome the world. Jesus has overcome it all and we are his co-heirs.
Recently, I was worshiping the Lord in a church service and we were singing a song in which the bridge says:
Every high thing must come down, every stronghold shall be broken. You wear the victor’s crown, You overcome.
As we sang, I began to hear Jesus singing it back to me. He was smiling and I saw him taking the crown off his head and placing it on my head. As he did so, he said, “My victory is your victory. You are my co-heir. You are no victim, you wear my victor’s crown.”
Being co-heirs with Christ means that all that is his belongs to me. Just like the father in the story of the Prodigal Son said to the older brother, “‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.” (Luke 15:31a) If Christ has overcome, then so have we. We come to valleys of weeping knowing that we already have the victory.
This, my friends, is what walking by faith looks like.
It’s looking at a dark valley and seeing a place of blessing and satisfaction, knowing that’s what it will become. It’s looking at your drug-addicted child and seeing her free now. It’s looking at the red in your bank account and seeing it in the black now, knowing you will overcome. Walking by faith looks like foolishness to the rest of the world. It makes no sense because there is no logic in it. God told us it would be that way:
In the moments that others do not understand, when your hope is tested and questioned, you must hold to the promises of God. There have been times in my life when the promises of God were all I had to hold onto, and I clung to them because my life depended on them. As I prayed and sought the Father in Varanasi for myself and my squad, these were the promises I clung to:
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living! (Psalm 27:13)
” No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)
I will restore[a] to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent among you. (Joel 2:25)
So shall they fear
The name of the Lord from the west,
And His glory from the rising of the sun;
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)
There are times when you have to make a decision that you will believe what God says in spite of all you see. I remember learning this in a room in Greece, singing my heart out to Alive in You by Kim Walker-Smith and choosing to believe the words I was singing even though I didn’t feel like it. I decided that I was alive in Him when, in the fire, I felt very far from life.
Valleys of Weeping aren’t fun, and no one asks to go through them, but they are a part of life. Suffering will come, but take heart, for Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33)! No matter what you are going through, trust that you have the victory. Look to God your Father for your strength, stand in his promises, and see the deliverance of your God. He will never fail you.
What are some lessons you have learned in valleys of weeping? I’d love to hear in the comments!