1 Kings 20:28
And a man of God came near and said to the king of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is a god of the hills but he is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.’”
God’s promise proved true. It always does. Just as God had said, Israel’s King Ahab and his army defeated the Arameans soundly. So, Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, took a year to rebuild his army and then went at Israel again, but this time with a different strategy.
Ben-Hadad’s advisers told the king that the “gods” of Israel were the “gods of the hills”. They convinced their leader that fighting in the hills had led to their previous defeat. So, this time they would meet Israel on the plains. Look again at today’s passage. God said that he would prove himself to be the God of the hills and the valleys. Then everyone “[will] know that I am the LORD.”
It’s true, isn’t it? God is the God of the hills and valleys. During the great hilltop blessings, God is there. We enjoy his presence and stand in awe of his work. During the deep valley experiences, he is there as well. We depend on his strength and help to make it through the troughs of life. He is the God of the hills and valleys.
- Thank God for being the God of the hills and valleys. Whatever you are going through, he is there with you.
- Pray now for someone you know going through a deep valley. Ask God to show them his presence and let that person know that he is the Lord.
Thank you, Father, for never leaving or forsaking us. Help us enjoy the hilltop blessings and handle the valley challenges knowing that you are with us regardless of the terrain. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
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