In his commentary on Job 5:7, Matthew Henry states, “There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble.”
This is true for both sinner and saint.
Yet, isn’t it true, that God’s people, in addition to temporal providences, must bear up under spiritual providences that can be just as, if not more heavy than earthly ones?
J.C. Phipot, in his essay, The Valley of Baca describes it likes this,“But, added to these temporal trials that the Lord’s people have to pass through in common with their fellow-men, they have spiritual trials that far outweigh any of a temporal nature. Sharp and cutting temptations; the workings of a heart deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; the hidings of the Lord’s countenance; the doubts and alarms that work in their minds whether their feet are upon the rock; the fear of death, and the prospect of eternity; the harassing darts of the Wicked One; inward guilt and grief on account of an idolatrous, adulterous, and backsliding nature—these are but a small portion of those sorrows that draw tears from the true pilgrim’s eye. It is indeed a valley of tears for the Lord’s family, a “valley of Baca,” which they have to pass through to reach the heavenly Zion.”
What of these spiritual trials? Is this what sets the Christian apart? No. What makes us peculiar is the truth that is revealed in Psalms 84:5-7.
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the ways of them, who passing through the valley of Baca, make it a well; the rain also fills the pools. They go from strength to strength—every one of them in Zion appears before God.”
This pilgrim way we travel requires we pass through not a few valleys of tears and weeping. But, on our way to Jerusalem, that heavenly city, our good and gracious Father sends rain to fill the pools and springs of our wilderness.
This is the consolation that the rebellious can never know!
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