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Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Morning Devo - Peace in the Valley

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13, NKJV.

Eventually every valley has an end; and when that happens, peace will begin to hold us like a warm comforter on a cold night. The storms, earthquakes, and fires either cease or are no longer shaking our hearts. We can again hear God's quiet voice that speaks peace to our hearts. The only way is up, and up we ascend until we again stand where we can clearly see forever.

I remember one time standing on the Mogollon (pronounced Mo-gie-on) Ridge in Arizona, gazing south. It was one of those "wow" moments--so beautiful, and it seemed you could see from there to eternity.

Valleys are different. You can only see as far as the nearest buildings or hillside or forest. The view is blocked. Spiritually, sometimes the view is blocked by finances, health, or other distress. It looks like there's no way out, but there is. Listen for that still, small Voice and follow His lead. He knows the way.

Dear Father, here I am again in a valley, but I know You can lead me out and set my feet on higher ground. Thank You, Lord of my valley. In Jesus's Name, amen.
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