In our Road Trip series, Pastor Mike delivered a message on the ‘Valley’ seasons of our lives. We tend to think of valleys as desperate times of trouble and despair. For some people, valleys are empty and depressing seasons. Surprisingly, Wikipedia defines the valley landscape as a ‘long “depression” or low part in the land, between two higher parts, which may be hills or mountains.’ Similarly, we can experience a valley season after a ‘mountain top’ experience.
"Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."
When you look at the various landscape of the earth, valleys are where the most lush fruit and vegetation grows. It is where roots grow deep in rich, fertile soil. It is the low parts of our lives, where decisions must be made. Good decisions produce good fruit, whereas a bad decision will produce bad fruit.
People and their lives are like trees. Good trees bear beautiful, tasty fruit, but bad trees bear ugly, bitter fruit. A good tree cannot bear ugly, bitter fruit; nor can a bad tree bear fruit that is beautiful and tasty.
Matthew 7:17-18 (VOICE)
To produce good fruit, we need to ask is, “What is the wise thing to do?”
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Ephesian 5:15-17 (NLT)
Wisdom asks, “In light of my past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?” Wisdom is a combination of knowledge, experience and good judgment. It’s knowing what God wants you to do and acting on it.
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
If we want to be delivered, we need wisdom. If you lack wisdom, you can ask God and he will generously give to you. Sitting in silence opens your heart to receive God’s wisdom. Ask God, “What do you want to show me? What path have you set before me? What is the wise thing to do?” Having a pen and paper or your computer available to record the thoughts you hear is essential. This allows you to dig deeper through journaling or devotions at later time to gain clarity.
Proverbs tells us ‘without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.’ There are people who’d be honored to counsel you if you simply asked. They’ve already endured the same valley and know the wise path to take. They can save you valuable time, energy and money if you simply ask them to show you how.
Do you take the job? Do you get involved in that relationship? Could this friendship cause me harm? Do we need to talk with someone about our marriage struggles? In light of my past experience, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do? You may learn immediately what to do. If not, ask this question repeatedly until you gain clarity, direction and wisdom.
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