The first valley was the Valley of Despair.
In the Valley of despair there was misery, pain, hopeless, devastation, depression, pride, plagues, poverty, greed, sickness, divination, grief, distress, agony, desolation, gloom, unhappiness, sadness, wretchedness, sorrow, misfortune, distress, worry, eternal damnation. I also saw fame, power, money, fortune, materialism and the selling of souls for the things of this world.
The ones that had sold their souls appeared to have everything. The people worshipped them. They wanted to be like them. All of a sudden, a lighting bolt came out of nowhere and struck them. Nothing was left but ashes and dirt.
The second Valley was the Valley of Hope.
In the Valley of hope, there was love, trust, faith, goodness, mercy, grace, protection, covering, rightness, provision, repentance, humility, redemption, deliverance, salvation, forgiveness, restoration, healing, prosperity, peace, happiness, fullness of joy, praise, fulfillment, completion, contentment, freedom, obedience, eternal life, and God’s word, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The people were humble; they were complete. The joy of the Lord was their strength. There was no worry or despair. They walked in faith, love and trust. There was a peace like I have never seen before. They worshipped God in fullness of joy through praise, singing and dancing. They spent time at the hem of His garment listening to Him, desiring to be like Him. Then a magnificent cloud ascended from the Heavens, and a man clothed in white appeared. The light went all throughout that valley. It was the most beautiful site I had ever seen. He caught the people up with him on the cloud and they disappeared into the heavens.
I cried for the people that had been struck by the lighting bolt. My heart went out to them; but atlas it was too late.
The good news is that if you are reading this blog today, it's not too late to choose whom you will serve. God never forces himself on us. The choice always remains up to us.
I went to a zuma exercise class yesterday with a very good friend of mine. I must admit I’m not the most coordinated person in the world. However, I didn’t let that stop me from trying the class. I had a lot of fun and burned many calories. We shouldn’t be afraid to try new things in life, as long as those things line up with what God is telling us to do. God does new things everyday. I am a living witness of new things. Many people prosper in material possessions and there is nothing wrong with that; however, there is a problem when people began to worship material possessions instead of God. They are in jeopardy of loosing their soul.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:26-27)
God does desire that we prosper. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospered. (3 John 1:2). Although God desires that we prosper it is also made clear in His word, "but seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
What Valley are you living in today?