Don’t allow the enemy to steal your song.

In the book of Joshua, Israel was defeated at the battle of Ai because of one man’s disobedience. The man was stoned and heaps of stone was placed on his burial site. That placed became know as the Valley of Achor and was forever known to Israel as a place of sin and great failure.

But in Hosea, during a time when Israel had once again turned their backs on God, God declared, “the valley of Achor will become a door of hope.” In other words, your failure, your mishap, your shame will now open a door for victory.

Have you messed up? Have you sinned once again? Has someone sinned against you? Do feel as if you are living in the valley of Achor?

God wants you to know this morning that the valley of your despair, the valley of your trouble has become a door of hope.

He has forgiven you. He has removed the shame. He has returned your joy. Now sing! Sing as if the bad never happened. Sing as if you are a child. Sing as someone who is forgiven. Sing as someone who is loved. Sing off-key if needed. Just sing.

Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that say you have nothing to sing about. Don’t believe him when he tells you that you will always dwell in the valley of Achor. Don’t allow him to steal your song of deliverance, your song of restoration, your song of joy. Sing! Sing!

“Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. (Hosea 2:15 NASB)