Mountains & Valleys
I am reading today through my Chronological Bible (trying to catch up to be perfectly honest) in 1 Kings and I came across this gem:
In 1 Kings chapter 20 we find King Ahab of Israel at war with King Ben-Hadad of Aram. Ben-Hadad has attacked Samaria (where the king has built his palace) and has demanded that Ahab’s silver and gold as well as the best of Ahab’s wives and children belong to him. Ahab consents to this and is then told that by the next day everything he values will belong to Ben-Hadad. After Ahab consults with the elders on what to do, he tells Ben-Hadad that he will not consent to this second demand. Of course BH is mad (and drunk) so they exchange fighting words. A prophet comes to Ahab and tells him that God has declared that Israel will have victory over Aram’s vast army and will know that God is Lord. The prophet then gives Ahab instructions on how this will play out. Sure enough, because God keeps His word, the battle happens exactly as described and Israel is victorious over Aram. When I say victorious, I mean Aram was severely whooped on with the remaining soldiers running home with their tail between their legs.
The prophet comes to Ahab again and tells him to strengthen his position because BH will attack the next spring. Meanwhile, BH is being advised by his officials that the “gods” of Israel are gods of the hills which is the reason they won. If Aram attacks them in the plains, then Aram will surely win because these “gods” cannot help Israel in the plains. Ben-Hadad agrees to this and prepares his army to fight. The next spring, both armies meet at the battlefield. The Word says that Israel’s army was small like two flocks of goats compared to the Aramean army which covered the countryside. You’re probably thinking, how in the world are these Israelites going to win? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because God, the real, everlasting God is on their side and He just so happens to love working through impossible situations so that we know only He could have worked those things together.
“Then a man of God came near and spoke to the king of Israel and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because the Arameans have said, “The LORD is a god of the mountains, but He is not a god of the valleys,” therefore I will give all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.'” –1 Kings 20:28
As the Lord promised, the Israelites obtained victory over the Arameans.
What I want you to see here is that our God (Jehovah, Yahweh, Emmanuel, the Great I AM) is not only God during your mountain top seasons but He is also God during the seasons you find yourself in the valley. No matter what you may be going through, good or bad, God is sovereign. God is in control, even if we feel He might not be in control. God is good, even if our circumstances say He isn’t. I believe the enemy of our souls thinks that he can win the battle when we are in the valley but we know differently. No matter where we are, our God is able AND He is willing, we just have to have faith and be devoted to Him.
We shall know that He is God.
**Originally posted to Blogger on 7-3-12