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Valley of Baca

‘As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs, the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.’ Psalm 84:6-7 (NIV).

The pilgrimage of the Israelites to the temple in Jerusalem passed through the Valley of Baca. However, no specific valley has been identified with Baca. Because Baca means ‘weeping’, it may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which God’s people must pass before meeting Him.

All God’s people must pass through this place of suffering that brings pain and weeping. None of us are exempt from such circumstances. But, in passing through such a place, we can allow them to take us from strength to strength. God is with us in the barren places of our lives to fill us with the power and strength of His Holy Spirit.

With God’s provision, our Valley of Baca can become a place of springs if we depend upon Him. What is barren, dry and seemingly hopeless can be a place of flourishing, full of hope and praise to our God.

The prophet Habakkuk went through his own Valley of Baca. In Habakkuk 3:17-18 he said, ‘Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.’ Habakkuk affirmed that even in times of crop failure and starvation, he would still rejoice in the Lord.

Prayer:

‘Heavenly Father, help me to turn my eyes away from the difficulties I face just now and refocus my attention and my heart on you. Give me courage Lord, to walk through this Valley of Baca and to depend upon you for strength as you lead me.’

In Jesus’ Mighty Name,

AMEN!

Final Thoughts:

Like Habakkuk we can choose to not let our feelings be controlled by the events around us, but by faith in God’s ability to give us strength as we journey through a place of pain and tears.

When nothing makes sense, and trouble seems to overwhelm us, what would it be like to remember that God gives us strength? Can we take our eyes off the situation and look to God instead?

Be Greatly Blessed!


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