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Saturday July 14, 2018 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on July 14

Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. (Hosea 2:14,15)

 

God is All Powerful and he can change what was once a valley of trouble into a door of hope. “Achor” in Hebrew means “trouble.” Achan's sin (Joshua Chapter 7) of stealing things devoted to destruction brought calamity to him and his family. He stole a beautiful robe, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels and hid it under the ground in his tent when God had expressly forbidden that. Joshua who was not aware of this was defeated in battle in the conquest of Ai, because of this sin.

God said,

Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. (Joshua 7:11)

 

Finally Achan was caught and we read in the book of Joshua...

Joshua said, "Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today." Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. Then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since. (Joshua 7:25,26)

 

In Hosea, we read that God was going to make the “Valley of Achor a door of hope”. For Israel which had sinned repeatedly by committing all kinds of sins and wickedness, there was still hope, for God was going to open for them a door of hope.

 

Making the Valley of Achor/ Valley of Trouble, a door of hope, is something only God Almighty can do. It means that the place where you saw defeat and distress will become a "door of hope" for you and your family. Can you believe that?

A place where you were ridiculed will become a place where you will bloom again because the Lord has loved you with an ever-lasting love.

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian