by Pastor Greg Laurie
Blue Skies and Dark Valleys
So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. - 1 Peter 1:6-7
People tend to love green pastures. But we all cringe when we approach the mouth of some long valley that looms endlessly before us. We like sunshine and blue skies - not clouds and gloom.
As Christians, when we encounter difficult times, when we experience trials, when we suffer hardships, we might say, "Hold on now. I didn't sign up for this. I don't want hardships. I want to live on easy street." Sadly, when these times do come, some Christians will throw in the towel and return to their old life again.
But Christians must learn to respect the valleys in life. It's in the valleys that God reveals Himself in a special way. And it's in the valleys that we learn lessons of compassion that we can learn nowhere else.
As you walk through your own valleys, you may not understand why God has allowed them. But later on, you will be able to use the lessons you learned as a tool to minister to people struggling through similar valleys.
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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright (c) 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.