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He is Lord of all

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By George Smith

The Christian life could be described as “a land of hills and valleys” (Deuteronomy 11:11). Moses led the children of Israel out of slavery toward their future home in the Promised Land and God said it was “a land of hills and valleys.”
Christians today are similar to Israel in Moses’ day. The children of Israel had been slaves, but Moses led them to freedom and toward the land God promised them. Christians once were slaves to sin, but God sent His Son to die on the cross and pay the price for the sins of the world. When we trust Jesus as our Savior we are set free and on the path to freedom and eternal life.
The children of Israel sprinkled the blood of a sacrificed lamb on their home doorpost. The death angel passed over and everyone in the home was saved. Jesus became our lamb and we are saved by the blood of God’s Lamb.
God led the children of Israel by a cloud in the day and a pillar of fire by night. We are led by and through His Word, the Bible. The Bible says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet.”
The children of Israel were to go in and possess the land of Canaan, but because of disobedience wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. God has given us a wonderful spiritual inheritance, but we must possess it by faith. The Bible is our road map as we follow the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit.
It may surprise some that the Christian life is “a land of hills and valleys.” Some think it is easy to be a Christian and believe that all your troubles are over when you trust Christ. True, some problems are over, but new ones appear. Jesus never promised an easy way. He said, “In this world you will have tribulation.”
God allows us to have valleys. In the valleys the Christian graces are developed. We become kinder, sweeter, and more patient. It is in the valleys that we learn to help others (2 Corinthians 1:4).
To have hills you must have valleys. The old proverb says, “All sunshine makes a desert.” But one thing we can be sure of is Christ has already been through the valleys ahead of us.
Every day is a challenge to grow in grace, to help others and find grace and strength through Jesus. Remember … God is the God of the hills and valleys. He is Lord of all. Also, God is always with us (Matthew 28:20).

Brother George Smith is a former pastor of First Baptist Church in Leitchfield. He lives in Hodgenville and is a member of the Severns Valley Association of Baptists.