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“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4.  Elijah speaks this abased prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he defeated hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to fall and deliver the nation from drought…

“I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:  while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted”  (Psalm 88:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). This Psalmist had endured affliction from an early age.  His remembrance of it seems to go back to childhood.  His whole life had been a life of trouble and sorrow. He was crying out for help. Because of all of the pain he felt, he was distracted.  The affliction dominated his thinking.  Physical suffering will affect our minds. Our thinking will be impaired if we let it do so. The…

valley“And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Beracah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called The Valley of Beracah, unto this day.” (2 Chronicles 20:26 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

Ever been in the valley of discouragement? I have. It’s not fun!

In our devotional verse, the Valley of Beracah is called a blessing. Jehoshaphat gathered his troops up early one morning and gave them a pep talk about believing God and the prophets. He did a strange thing that day by ordering a choir to march ahead of the troops, singing and giving thanks to God.

Because of the shouting and praising, God set ambushes against their enemies. The enemy became confused and killed each other before Judah got there. There was so much equipment, clothing and valuables that it took three days to carry away all the spoils of victory. On the fourth day, they celebrated in the valley of Berachah and called it the Valley of Blessing.

Praise will get you victory even in the valley!

Prayer: Today, Lord, I’m in the valley but Your Word tells me that the valley is where you restore my soul. Victory is coming if I just keep praising Your name! Thank You for the valley of blessing! Amen!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton