Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; the early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion. – Psalms 84:6-7
Here we find a beautiful image of a faithful pilgrim’s life in Christ Jesus.
Many days we feel as if we are passing through Death Valley (a place of spiritual dryness), but by God’s grace, it often becomes an oasis. Instead of experiencing thirst, we are refreshed as we learn to lean upon our Lord and Savior. With each succeeding “valley,” we then become stronger and stronger until that moment when we are face-to-face with our Redeemer. The journey, at times, seems too long and too difficult, but we eventually arrive.
This life is certainly not without trouble, but each test that we face under His providence makes us more dependent upon His sustenance. We become less and He becomes more, until we ultimately look a lot like Jesus.
Never forget that God tests his real friends more severely than the lukewarm ones. – Kathryn Hulme
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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