Then I will give her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope.
And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,
As in the days when she came up from the land of Egypt.
The Valley of Achor. A valley where Achan was stoned for his trouble making.
From Easton’s Bible Dictionary…”trouble, a valley near Jericho, so called in consequence of the trouble which the sin of Achan caused Israel (Josh. 7:24,26). The expression “valley of Achor” probably became proverbial for that which caused trouble, and when Isaiah (Isa. 65:10) refers to it he uses it in this sense: “The valley of Achor, a place for herds to lie down in;” i.e., that which had been a source of calamity would become a source of blessing. Hosea also (Hos. 2:15) uses the expression in the same sense: “The valley of Achor for a door of hope;” i.e., trouble would be turned into joy, despair into hope. This valley has been identified with the Wady Kelt.”
A valley of trouble can become a door of hope. It may not appear to be so in the midst of the trouble. That’s the hardest place to be, when the trouble is fresh and there is no end in sight. It’s a very hard place to be.
But God says He will restore hope from despair. He will turn our troubles into joy.
It’s in the waiting that we can give up on God’s goodness. Many choose to walk away from what they know to be true in times of despair. It’s the hardest part of living this life of faith: waiting for His will to be done and continuing to believe in His goodness as the troubles persist.
But we can hold on to the Word of Life:
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28
The Lord is good to all, and has compassion on all He has made. ~Psalms 145:9
Sometimes, it’s all we can do. Keep holding on.
Let me remind you of the end of Hebrews 11, the chapter on Faith:
Through faith they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, gained what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight, and women received back their dead raised to life. But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. And others experienced mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed apart, murdered with the sword; they went about in sheepskins and goatskins; they were destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (the world was not worthy of them); they wandered in deserts and mountains and caves and openings in the earth. And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. (“Why?” you ask.) For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.
If you are having a hard time in your valley of trouble, please hold on.
A door of hope will open…in His time.