The rock and the hard place – the “but” in the valley.

And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. 1 Samuel 17:2-3

The saying, “I’m between a rock and a hard place,” is a place of two possibilities, neither of which seems acceptable. The place we are at seems like it is hard enough but getting to the place we want to be can seem harder. We know God is on both sides as He is everywhere, but when we find ourselves in the valley (the place between the prayer and the promise) we say “BUT”. We place limitations on Gods ability to meet us exactly where we are at. Elah is a place, but also a word referring to God. He’s the God of the mountain and the God of the valley. He is the bridge between where we are and where we want to be. He does not leave us in our time of battle. (Deuteronomy 31:6) If you are in the valley, rest easy you are in good company!

The Arameans said the Lord is God of the hills but not of the valleys. (1 Kings 20:28) We believe on the mountaintop, but in the valley, we doubt. There are giants in the land creating fear in God’s people. (Zechariah 4:6) The valley of Elah is where David defeated Goliath. He knew His God was in the valley with him. (Psalm 23:4) Those valley moments; our storms, determine how strong the foundation of our faith is. It is the place we must travel through to get to where we are going. God was training David up for such a time as this. His shepherd days were crucial. If God is giving you little jobs here and there, do it as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23) you never know what He is trying to develop in you or prepare you for. The BUT in the valley, is God! “But God.” Don’t say, but I can’t. Say “BUT GOD!” Which means, because of God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:4-5


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