The Valley Experience

The “Valley of Beracah means The Valley of Praise or Blessing. How can we know how to turn our valleys of struggles into valleys of Praises and Blessings? It is considered that the Vallay of Beracah is the same valley as the Valley of Jehoshaphat? in Joel 3:2,12 “I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial or what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land”. This Valley it appears is where the last battle of Armageddon is going to take place Rev.16:16. Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. What occurred here in this incident must have been important to God, for God to say that the last battle of human history will take place in the “Valley of Jehoshaphat.”

Valley’s are an important aspect in our lives. It’s not realistic to expect that we will go through our lives without any struggles or adversities. God is going to permit us into the valley experience because there are some foundations and lessons that don’t become learnt in our lives until we go through a valley, however God comes through for us.

We can’t expect a triumph on every occasion in our life without a trial, You can’t have a testimony without a test and often you can’t have a victory until you’ve gone through a battle! It’s like the Andre Crouch song “Through it All” a line in the song says “If I never had a problem I wouldn’t know that God could solve them and I’d never know what faith in God could do. But through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus and I’ve learned to trust in God, Through it all I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”

2 Chronicles. 20: 1-3 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites[a]came to wage war against Jehoshaphat. Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,[b] from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.

This passage shows us the predicament that Jehoshaphat was facing, he had three Nations that came against him and the Nation of Judah for battle. But that’s sometimes the way valleys are. You are getting on with living your life and all of the sudden it hits you with a great force. These things seem to just happen and you find yourself entering the Valley. This is part of the Christian life and there will be battles of varying types.

Beracah-Valley2 Chronicles. 20: 3-5  Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him. Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard

This shows us what Jehoshaphat did and it gives us a an indication what we should do when a battle emerges. Jehoshaphat was afraid. Its part of of the Christian life, and we must learn how to handle fear. When Jehoshaphat was afraid he sought the Lord. When we encounter issues (the valleys) we are to seek Him for His guidance and direction. He didn’t rush out to battle in his own strength, he knew this situation was impossible to face in his own. Zechariah.4:6 says “it’s not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts”. If we want God to move supernaturally in our lives then we have to be willing to seek Him and on occasions wait on His direction and then move in obedience.

A valley experience isn’t a place to roll over and play dead, neither is it a place to stick your head in the sand and adopt the ostrich syndrome. It is a place of Action. Psalm 23:4 states that David said “though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death”. Take note he didn’t camp there as he kept moving forward through the Valley. When we get in the valley keep focused and obedient to what He says.

Jehoshaphat didn’t go into this battle the way military leaders would go about it. He knew the battle he was facing wasn’t just a natural battle. Firstly it was a spiritual battle as these nations weren’t just coming against him, they were coming against God. Therefore it was a battle to be won initially in the spiritual realm. We see in 2 Samuel. 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

David knew this, and that’s how he could face Goliath. So Jehoshaphat called a fast, prayed, and waited for God’s direction.

In battle they would send in the front the singers and musicians to lead the way with Thanksgiving and Praise. It’s not logical to do what Jehoshaphat did, but this is what God led them to do. Look at 2 Chronicles 20:20-23  Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his[c] holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: 

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    for his love endures forever.”

22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. 

The singers were placed at the front of the army and led the way into battle with thanksgiving praise and worship. It sounds foolish but when He instructs irrespective of the appearance or mans opinion it cant fail. God supernaturally intervened and caused the enemy to turn on each other and destroy each other.

If we want the product of what man can produce, then do it mans way. If we want what God can do, then His way will bring His results.

These are foundations that God wants to develop in our lives, so that we will know how to turn our valleys into places of Blessing and Praise, seeing great victories. Romans 8.31 If God be for us who can be against us. 1 John 4.4 …. because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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2 Responses to The Valley Experience

  1. Heather Scholey says:

    Thank you so much, Ian, for sharing this again. It has been really helpful to read it and I feel a real spark of hope for the first time in months today! I know I am going ‘through’ the valley and I will come out the other side, with His guidance and leading.

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