IT TAKES TWO Andy Hollifield 12-5-17
Psalms 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Psalms 3:4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 125:1 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed but abideth forever.
Psalms 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
Song Of Solomon 2:1 I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
I had a thought occur to me on Monday evening as I was driving; it takes two mountains to make a valley and it also takes to valleys to make a mountain. First, let’s talk about the mountains. We all like to equate mountains with victorious living and rightfully so. For example; the children of Israel just had to go up one last mountain into Canaan and the Lord was going to fight their battles and give them the promised land, but the people believed a bad report and refused to go. Refusing to climb that one last mountain cost all of them over twenty the chance to inherit the land promised to Abraham’s descendants. How many times have I refused to go up that one last mountain and inherit the blessings of God? How many times have I given up the victory and peace I have in my soul, just because I refused to climb that one more mountain?
Of course, the most well-known of all the hills or mountains in the bible is “Calvary.” It was there the price was paid for our sins. That is where Jesus gave his life to purchase our redemption. It was from the mount called Olivette (Acts 1:12) that Jesus ascended back into heaven. Many times throughout scripture, Jesus went to a mountain to pray.
When it comes to valleys, we are all familiar with the scripture in Song Of Solomon 2:1 where the bride groom is speaking and is representative of Christ being the groom with all born again believers making up the bride of Christ. He says “I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.” Aren’t you glad it said valleys with an “s.” I am glad that each time I have been in a valley spiritually, if I will look long enough I will find Jesus there. There is also Psalms 23 where it is talking about the good shepherd leading us “through the valley of the shadow of death” and saying “I will fear no evil.” Why don’t we have to fear? Simply because he is with us and besides that, shadows can’t hurt us, only scare us. I am glad that he is with us whether we are on the spiritual mountain top or in the deepest darkest valley of our lives.
As I mentioned in the title “it takes two.” We often use that when referring to a dispute of some kind but I want to put it in its physical context. It takes 2 mountains to make a valley. Spiritually speaking, we have what we like to call “mountain top experiences” with the Lord where we are just able to worship and rejoice and just praise him. We can’t live there all the time because if we did, we would get to where we didn’t appreciate it. Those mountain tops are usually at some point followed by those valleys. When we get to those low valleys we need to remember that even though they may not be as pleasant as the top of the mountain, in the valleys is where the best soil is for growing things. If you look back at your life, I dare say that you have probably achieved most of your spiritual growth while you were going through some valleys. It’s in those low times that we have a tendency to depend on God more and pray and draw closer to him. Those times, as hard as they may be, help prepare us for the next valley we will face in our lives.
On the same hand, it also takes 2 valleys to make a mountain. Though the valleys may be hard and hurtful and seem like they are never going to end, they make the mountain top seem so much sweeter. Just ask any athlete; a victory that you have struggled for means a lot more to you than something that came easy. That mountain top is sweeter because of that valley.
I don’t know where you are at right now in your life but God does. You are there for a purpose. If you are going through a valley in your life, if you humble your heart to God and trust in him you will grow spiritually. The main thing to keep in mind about spiritual growth is that first you have to be planted before you can grow. A baby doesn’t pop into existence because it decides it wants to be born. It doesn’t grow into maturity until it has been nurtured and in order to be nurtured it first has to be born. If you are not born again by the grace of God, all of this means nothing to you. You can pray all you want to but if you have never been born again God will not hear you. It sure is good to be born again and have the Lord leading me through those valleys. I can’t even begin to imagine going through some of the valleys I have been through without the Lord. It is because of what we go through in those valleys that causes us to be able to rejoice on the mountain tops.
I hope this has in some way encouraged you. If you are in the valley, just keep trusting the Lord. You will struggle up the mountain at some point and get to rejoice and praise the Lord on the mountain top. If you are on the mountain top, get ready. You can’t stay there but God is preparing you spiritually for your trip off of the mountain. You never know what you will face in the valley below. Whatever God does, is always to prepare us for how he wants to use us next. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!