Monday, February 28, 2011

Every Valley

Isa 40:4  
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: valley shall be exalted and every mountain and every hill shall be made low:

Every Valley

I had occasion this week to fly over the rocky mountains on may way to a conference. It was a beautiful day for flying, the skies were clear and I could see out, down and up for miles. I was over Lake Meade when the Holy Spirit dropped this verse in my heart.

Every valley shall be exalted. Even the vast depths of Lake Meade will be made table flat because God said so. In addition to what happens to the earth, the Holy Spirit had me consider my own personal valleys.

I have lived life long enough to have a collection of memories and experiences that I'm not proud of. Bless the Lord, the guilt is gone, but there are some real results, real harvests from seed I am sorry I sowed. Some of it, everyone can see. Some of it is in the valley.

We all have valleys in our lives. They are places that don't always get a lot of light. They are the areas we don't like to deal with because they don't fit real well in our new, born again image of ourselves. Sometimes we visit this characteristics we left in the valley, but we don't drag those things up to the top of the mountain where the light is, cause, you know, the Lord might want us to do something with it.

Loved ones, the Father said EVERY valley would be exalted. That's not just the lowly being lifted, that is also a warning call to those of us who need to clean out our valleys. That thing you try to ignore is the very thing Jesus wants to deal with. He said that He is strong where we are weak. And He loves us. He is ready to work that thing out, lovingly and finally IF we'll let Him.

Your valley will be exalted. The time to start cleaning it out is now. Fill your valley instead with the water of the Word. That way, when the ground comes up, the Word will go out, like water from a dam.

Jesus wants the whole you...not just the you that goes to church.


Isa 40:10-11  
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.