The God of the Hills . . .
And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 1 Kings 20:28 (KJV)
When you and I are on the hilltops of life; when we are standing on the mountain shouting, “Hallelujah!,” it is easy to be a man or woman of faith. Our confession is good, God is good, everything is wonderful. We are healthy, prospering, fulfilled, satisfied, full of joy. Glory! This is the victorious Christian life.
Or is it? When everything is going right and our enemies have scattered it is easy to praise; it is easy to shout the victory, it is easy to say, “I’m more than a conqueror, an overcomer in His sight.”
Beloved, you and I must learn that what we talk on the mountain is the same talk we must talk in the valleys. Our God is the God of the valley just as sure as He is the God of the mountain top. He is well able to keep that which is entrusted to Him. He is our sword, our shield, our ever present help in time of trouble. He, and He alone, is the Lord.
Why can I be so sure that the victory on the mountain will be my portion in the valley? The Lord is the God of the valleys too!
We can say, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Who is Thou? He is the Lord! He is the Jehovah-jireh of Genesis 22:14, my Provider, Who will manifest my provision. He is Jehovah-nissi of Exodus 17:15, Who is my Altar in the wilderness and my banner of victory.
The God of the Valleys …
He is Jehovah-shalom of Judges 6:24, Who is my cure, wholeness, and peace. He is Jehovah El Elyon of Psalm 83:18, Who is the Most High God Who is over all the earth. He is Jehovah-Sabaoth,, the Lord of armies. He is El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One and the great I Am, that I Am. He is with me!
How then can I fear? My rendition of Psalm 23:4 reads this way: “Yes, though I walk through the apparently inescapable valley of calamity even the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of, nor will I dread any adversity, affliction, calamity, distress or grievous situation or circumstance sent by the evil one: for Thou, the LORD, are always with me; Your rod (Branch, scepter, tribe), as is Your staff (support and sustenance), they comfort (ease) me.”
Whether we are on the mountain top or we are in the valley; God is the same. He changes not. What we must learn to do is speak mountain top words. Speak to the things that are not as though they were. Dead dreams, slaughtered hopes, devastated plans, all will come alive if our words are words we received and spoke on the mountain tops.
The dream of God seemed hopelessly lost. But, take a look at what God had Ezekiel do: ” And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy … hear the word of the Lord. … ye shall know that I am the Lord … I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise … Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say … So I prophesied as he commanded me …” Eze. 37:3-10
Speak, Prophesy, Say and see the valleys
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; Luke 3:5 (KJV)