“And there I will give Israel vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope” (Hosea 2:14-15).
The Valley of Achor
In Hebrew, “Achor” means “trouble.”
In Joshua 6:17-26, the Lord spoke to Joshua to tell the soldiers before the battle not to keep “the things that were devoted to destruction, otherwise you will bring trouble upon the camp of Israel, including the silver and Gold.” Unfortunately, a soldier named Achan, kept several items and hid them in his tent. As a result, sin entered the camp and the Israelites lost a minor battle; Achan and all his family and animals were stoned; they buried them in a place they called the Valley of Achor and God’s anger was lifted. In verse 26, it says, “Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor,” because in verse 25, Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.”
In the Book of Hosea, it was an extremely significant statement where God says He would make the “Valley of Achor a door of hope.” The Israelites deserved death because of their blatant sins of immorality, idolatry, and hardened hearts…they deserved “trouble!” And the same way, we deserve death because of our sins. However, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has brought not only forgiveness of sins, HE has given us the eternal HOPE of everlasting life! In spite of the valleys of trouble we are going through, Jesus promises that He would be with us wherever we go, delivering us, and taking us to a place of hope!
Having the conviction that God answers prayer will minister to us during difficult times. God promises to make your "valley of trouble" a door of HOPE! AMEN!
“In the day of trouble, I will call to You and You will answer” (Psalm 86:7).