There is a Psalm that we recite when we have a need: Nothing will be lacking. Or when we are afraid: I will fear no evil. Either when we are exhausted, or we recite it on death beds, or in the grave of family members or in the middle of the battlefield. But this Psalm also reminds us how great God's love for us is, as well as the desire to protect and care for us.
This Psalm seems to encompass everything.
Psalm 23: 1-6 "The Lord is my shepherd; i'll not miss anything. In places of delicate pastures will make me rest; Next to the waters of rest he will shepherd me. It will comfort my soul; He will lead me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou shalt be with me; Your rod and your fall will infuse me with breath. You aderezas table before me in the presence of my troublemakers; You anoint my head with oil; my cup is overflowing. Certainly good and mercy will follow me every day of my life, and in the house of the Lord I will dwell for long days."
However, what is the experience of the believer in the valley of tears? Remember, we can't have mountains without valleys. If there is an experience in the Valley, an experience will come at the top.
What happens is that most people don't know what to do in the Valley, or we don't understand why God allows those experiences of pain, adversity, and suffering in our lives.
When we begin to understand what God is doing, our attitude can change, where there is hopelessness, there may be hope, confidence and assurance that we will not be in that Valley forever.
So how do we confront these situations if we are going through a loss, separation, or loneliness?. Well, there are certain aspects that we need to understand:
1. Those experiences are inevitable in life.
Remember that not only will we live at the top, where there is success, prosperity, joy, everything goes well, you have a house, a car, etc., but there are also times when we encounter times of difficulty, pain and adversity.
And even if we understand them, the pain is still there. As I consider all that, I think about how we fall into those Valleys.
Surprisingly, the good Shepherd takes us there. But the Psalm tells us that in the Valley of Tears, where there is pain and suffering: "The Lord is my Shepherd, nothing will be lacking me", He will shepherd me", "He will guide me".
John 10:27-29 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and follow me, and I give them eternal life; and they will never perish, nor will anyone take them from my hand. My Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no one can take them from the hand of my Father. Me and the Father one are."
I don't know if you noticed, but God tells us, that He gives us eternal life and we will never perish, and no one can take us from His hand.
Everything seems to be love, kindness, joy, etc., but the Shepherd not only guides us to that place that is between two mountains, but there must be a reason why we must pass through the Valley to the other peak.
Life is not like this: there are good, difficult and better times. He has something good in mind for us now, if we're going through a hard time. What happens is that He wants us to see things as He sees them. Because when things go great, we can't see them and we can't hear it because we're satisfied at the time.
There is a truth in all this, the depth of the Valley will determine what The Lord can accomplish in our lives. Now, the will of the Father, the Good Shepherd, was not that. No!. He allowed it to happen, yes. How do we respond to God in this?.
Remember that at the top of the top, or in the Valley, or above the mountain, God remains the same. Nothing changes his character, or his relationship with us. God is doing something good in our lives, that is why our Valley is in the care of the good Shepherd.
In the Valley, I want to know that He is my good Shepherd, not only in the Valley but at the top as well.
By accepting Christ as our Savior, we always have the Good Shepherd in us, because He does not change and He says He remains and lives in us. We have the Good Shepherd dwelling within us, who guides us, directs us, helps us, comforts us, strengthens us, and protects us. We've got Him there.
So no matter if we are at the top of the mountain or in the Valley, the Good Shepherd is always the same and is always there.
Therefore, experiences in the Valley of Tears are the most profitable moments of learning for God's children.
2. In the Valleys we learn more from God.
The Psalm speaks of resting in delicate pastures, walking in resting waters because of God's provision. We do not have to fear in the Valley, because God is acting and gives us a clearer perspective of Him.
When we feel alone, we say what I do, because I turn to God. When we lose the rest, we turn to Him. If our friends abandon us, we turn to Him. If there is sickness and the Doctor cannot help us, we turn to God.
We learn a lot from God, we learn a lot from His presence; In pain, we learn from his love; in our loss, we learn from their patience and learn from their benignity when we get difficult.
In short, this is the purifying work of pain. What God is doing is not for the other person, it is for you and me. And if He is doing something in us, it is worth it, but we must respond well and recognize that God has a purpose for everything.
That purpose may be to eliminate our pride, it may be a refining process, maybe something is not wrong, but God wants to improve it. It may be that he's cying something in our lives, training the important thing that he isn't and showing us what really matters.
It may be that He is renewing something in us that must be renewed.
3. GOD always has a desk if we are willing to recognize that He has it.
Our journey through the Valley is not in vain, not all is pain, because pain purifies, He knows how to catch our attention and remembers that in any Valley, He is always doing something.
But if we complain and argue with Him, curse Him, blame Him, pass through the Valley frustrated, resentful and angry, and miss a wonderful opportunity in life.
HOW WE RESPOND WELL
First of all, let us remember, that God guides us from one peak to a Valley and then another summit. This shows that God intends to grow and mature.
First, Let us give our lives to God.
He declares aloud: "I have given you this or that but today I give completely to you, all that matters is that I do your will in my life."
By doing that, we'll swap that experience in the Valley for a step to the top of the mountain.
Second, believe that God will take that experience in the Valley of Tears and use it for our good.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that to those who love God, all things help them well, that is, those who are called according to their purpose.
No matter how painful our experiences, or the losses we have gone through, those who respond correctly and recognize that at all times the Good Shepherd has something in mind that is best.
God does not want us down here, He wants to put us on top of the mountain.
He wants to open our eyes so we can see the opportunities we've never seen before. He wants us upstairs where we see our possibilities from his perspective to use us in the best way.
Third: Rest in his wisdom, his love, his power and his mercy.
"Lord I give everything to you, my life, I will trust in you for your love, your wisdom, your power to help me fulfill your purpose, whatever it is."
Fourth: Just thank God for that, our experience in the Valley.
Thank you for bringing me to this Valley, because although I do not understand it, the Valleys make us more useful to God and come to fulfill their purpose, because if we respond well, surely God will impact others through our testimony.
OR: "My father, we thank you because you are so faithful that a word of yours can change me. You're who you say you are, you do what you say, and we want to tell you, thank you, Lord. Do not leave us where we are, continue to develop us, build us, conforming to your likeness and the image of your Son Jesus Christ. Reminding us that we belong to you and that we are your servants, In the name of Jesus."
SOURCE: Thank you to Pastor Charles Stanley for his teachings.