On Sunday 17th February we will be having a special service to celebrate 60 years of Hope City Church making a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to join with us at our 9:30am service at Grovely State School Performing Arts Complex to hear from people as they share their personal experience of the difference being part of the church family has made. Afterwards, we invite you to stay around and chat over a special celebration morning tea.
In 2 Chron 20:20-26, King Jehoshaphat is facing the armies of the Moabites and Ammonites. Israel was vastly outnumbered in this battle so the King rallied the people, encouraging them that God could come through – then promptly held a worship service while walking toward battle!
Everyone started praising God and worshipping Him – and God brought about a mighty victory as the Ammonites & Moabites fought each other instead of fighting Israel.
The Bible says it took Israel 3 days to collect the plunder for a battle they never raised a sword in.
The story of victory through praise is amazing but the verse that particularly caught my eye was verse 26.
On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there.
The place was called the Valley of Blessing, not because they received a great blessing there. Not because they won a great victory. Not because they received great plunder.
These people turned up to this place and after winning such a great victory, they declare … “This is the Valley of Blessing – because here we blessed God!”
They defined this place, not by what they received but by what they gave.
The temptation is to define our situation by our perceived success. But here, the people defined their situation by the way they blessed God.
How often do we look at our life and define it by outward things – measuring it by things attained or the circumstance we’re in or what we have received – even from God.
Yet God’s plan is for us to define our reality by who God is.
Today, you can make everywhere you go the Valley of Blessing. Your residence is not defined by your circumstance – It’s defined by your praise. It’s defined by who God is. This is the Valley of Blessing because it’s the place you choose to thank and praise God. Make that choice to live in the Valley of Blessing.
Have a great week Church. We’ll see you on Sunday.
Alex & Sarah