Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days that seem like they are 3 years long and will never end! The storms are raging like never before, the valley seems so deep, dark and long!

The attacks come one right after the other and there seems to be no end in sight! All you can think is there has to be more to life than this! Have you had one of those days, weeks, months or years?

Let me share something with you. I was in that place where it just didn’t seem like anything would ever work out and I actually remember saying to myself “There has to be more to life than this!”

Very shortly after that I was invited to attend church at a new little church in the town I was living in and after a few times visiting and hearing the word of God preached I went to the altar and I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and be my Savior.

That was back in 1985 and it started my game of hide and seek with God. You see, I would draw close to God and then run away from Him and hide and then I would draw close to Him and then run away and hide. After several years of playing hide and seek with God I finally decided to surrender to Him, not just on Sundays but every day, total surrender to His word and His will for my life.

What a difference that it made in my life! Listen there still was times when the storms rolled in one after the other, there are still deep, dark long valleys that I have to walk through but it is different now!

The 23rd Psalms says “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Notice the 4th verse it says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

We all are walking through that valley each and every day but for me and any who have trusted their lives to God through the shed blood of Jesus that shadow of death holds no power over us!

I now know my destiny and I stand on the promises that God has given me in His word and His promise is to never leave me, to never forsake me and to be with me in the most trying times of my life. If you read through the Bible, you will see where God entered into covenant relationships (verbal contracts) with His people and that is what He desires for us to do today.

God desires that we enter into that covenant with Him that Jesus has made available to us at the cross and then God wants us to stand on His promises and see what He can do with our lives! Standing and believing in an Awesome God. Try it and see what God can do!

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