Saturday, April 02, 2011

Like Jesus, We Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley

Hebrews 11:5-6: “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

I remember a song called “That Lonesome Valley” by Mississippi blues singer John Hurt.  I was 12 years old when I first heard that song; it was popular in the late 50’s. The song relayed the fact we all walk alone. The last verse says in part “Jesus had to walk that lonesome valley”…and yes, He did walk that lonesome valley. I thought this walk referred to our last days as we approached death. It does, I guess, we are always approaching death so that “lonesome valley walkin’” is life itself.

I thought about Bible characters and most, at some time, walked alone. But Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:22-24). It then says, “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.” That must have been something; God himself walking with you through life and not have to experience death.

God still walks with us. His Holy Spirit is with us. Yes, Jesus promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. Good news; but sometimes I really feel alone.

Christian author and pastor the late A. W. Tozer said somewhere that if we are a professing Christian and our life if full of back slapping buddies, does not necessarily mean we are not walking with God; it may mean we just have a lot of good friends.

God in His kindness allows us to be lonely, only then can we fully appreciate a deep personal relationship with God himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Yes, water tastes good when we are really thirsty.

The valley you are “a walkin’” may be long, dark and lonely. God promised He would be with us (Psalm 23). As we walk through life, remember one day the Son will return. He will come in radiant light; our dark lonely valley will no longer be lonesome or dark. There won’t even be shadows. In Romans 13:12 Paul says: “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

Let’s armor up; shout praises from the well-lit valley floor. Look up to the Light. Walk on brother and sister; God Himself is with you.

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