Our world is so broken. Just look around. Over the last few months, massive destruction has taken place in the Philippines typhoon, ongoing conflict ensues between Israel and Palestine, someone opened fire in the LAX airport, and much closer to home Arapahoe high school has experienced a great tragedy. Within the last couple of weeks, I’ve counseled with a person whose spouse cheated, a woman whose family is fighting over money in the wake of her mother’s recent death, and a couple whose hearts are broken at being estranged from their son.

Life is hard, and our planet is broken.

Hosea 2:14-15 reads, “I will make the valley of Achor [disaster] a door of hope.”

In Hebrew, Achor means “great trouble.” The valley of Achor is a place or a situation where you are in great trouble.

The promise of God is to make the valley of Achor into a door of hope. In the midst of our deep heavy burdens, worst failures, and unbearable struggles, God is working his purposes in our lives. Because of Jesus, and because of heaven, the best is yet to come, whether in this life, in eternity, or in both.

May God help us to see beyond the valley of our troubles and disaster to the door of hope that he is opening up ahead.