Though I Walk Through The Valley
By Lois J. Stucky (1928 – 2014)
The terrain of the Christian life is becoming more rugged. Many of us find, too, that there are hitherto untraveled valleys through which we must pass. It may be physical sufferings, unexpected opposition, family problems, loss of loved ones, financial difficulties – baffling, fearsome, heartbreaking things.
Only God knows why we must pass through the valleys. But of this we can be assured: “…All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
In the valley it is easy to murmur. It is easy to fear or to despair. Some of us struggle long and hard, and perhaps impatiently, to come through.
If we look up through the darkness, we will see the light of Jesus’ face. If we can, with hearts fully yielded to Him, return the love smile – even though through tears – our hearts will be encouraged.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa. 27:14). “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness” (Isa. 41:10).
The Lord has much to teach us in the valley, much to show us about ourselves, much to cleanse us from, much to reveal to us about Himself and His ways. So willingly He comes to help. “Trust me!” “Take My hand!” “Lean upon My arm!” Never are the whispers of the Lord sweeter, never are the tokens of His love more cherished than when we walk the shadowed trail of sorrow and suffering.
Christians, let us not despise the valley experiences of life. They fit us to be better Christians. They make us brighter lights in this world of increasing wickedness, more noble soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ, more faithful witnesses, more diligent workers, more devoted followers – a more purified church – ready for the coming of the Lord!
The valley experiences give us strength against the increasing anti-Christ spirit in the earth. They teach us calmness and peace amid the storm, so that when other men’s hearts are failing them for fear because of the things coming upon the earth, we can confidently look up, knowing that the Lord is with us.
Sin is abounding! Judgment is coming! But thank God, where sin abounds, grace also abounds! God promises His grace to the humble (Jas. 4:6). Let us humble ourselves now under the mighty hand of God, receiving what He allows or sends on our pathway. Let us seek rather than self-preservation, self-pleasure, and self-ease – to have His grace abounding in our lives, so that whether by life or by death, we might glorify Him!
Let us be also those who sigh and who cry against the iniquities in our land. Let us be those who unite our efforts with others to spread abroad the blessed Gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth (Rom. 1:16).