“He is Lord of the mountains, AND Lord of the valleys”

This morning I made two pastoral visits that were necessitated by very different circumstances. At one hospital, I visited a man who was in his eighties and had just discovered that he had colon/rectal cancer. The doctors have not been positive at all in his prognosis and calls have already been made to hospice as he, as a believer, prepares to face the last enemy he will ever face: death itself. Then, a little over a mile away, I entered another hospital room and was able to rejoice with a Christian young lady and her husband who had, on the day before, given birth to their firstborn son. They looked with excitement at the future experience of raising this young son “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Although in the midst of very different circumstances, both visits had one constant: those visited had an undying trust in their Lord. One couple, preparing to take on the exciting responsibility of parenting a living gift of God, were trusting in God and His Word to guide them through the mine fields of a fallen world to raise their precious son to trust in Christ in every area of his life. The other man, reflecting back on God’s care for him throughout his long life on earth, was ready to continue trusting in the one who had said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-6)

In 1 Kings 20 the Arameans said the reason the Israelites had been successful against them in battle was because Yahweh was a “god of the mountains, but He [was] not a god of the valleys.” When they went to war on the plains they made the painful discovery that Yahweh was also a “god of the valleys.” Granted, they were talking about physical geography, but I can say with confidence that our God is Lord of all; both of the good times and bad times, along with the happy times and sad times. The same God that was present when Mary “treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19) at the birth of our Savior, was also present when his people were “faithful unto death,” where He, in His grace, had promised to give to them “the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)

So, wherever you are in life, look to the One who is able to “to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:20-21)

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