“23 Now the servants of the King of Aram said to him, “Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.” (1 Kings 20:23)
Discouragement settled deep into my heart. Have you been there? I’ve been waiting on a long-awaited answer. How about you? The battle appears too large. Do you relate?
I am the God of the mountains, and the God of the valleys. In 1 Kings 20:23, the Syrians are preparing to go to war with the Israelites. (God’s people) They are preparing for battle, whilst saying that the Israelite’s God was only a God of the mountaintops, not of the valleys.
Have you ever believed these opposing whispers? These enticing lies? In some seasons, we stare brazenly at the face of God, on the mountaintop of Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19) We hear him loud and clear, his voice echoes with promise and provision. We feel the sun beating on our faces. Yet, other seasons we barely hear a whisper. The road looks dark, and the promises bleak.
Yet, as the Israelites awaited the battle, God roared with truth, “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 28) The Lord gave the Syrians into the hands of the Israelites, for he is a God of the mountaintops and the valleys.
So, I want to familiarize you with the God of the valley’s. He is sovereign, good, gracious, holy, just, loving, merciful, omnipotent, omnipresent, righteous, transcendent, and much much more. Let the God of the mountaintops and valleys minister to your heart today. “For he will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Plus, he “is righteous in all his ways, gracious in all his works.” (Psalm 145:17)