By Annette Edwards

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3: 14Notice that Joel did not simply say multitudes; he said multitudes, multitudes, as in many multitudes, probably more than our minds can conceive. Where are they? They are in the Valley of decision. Let’s take a look at the valley of decision.“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” 1 Kings 18:21. Elijah was speaking to a group of people that worshiped Baal, a false God. He challenged them. If Baal is God then prepare an altar with a sacrifice but set no fire to it. Elijah did the same unto the living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were to call upon each of their God’s to see who would send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal went first. They prayed and cried out to Baal to send fire to their sacrifice. They became so desperate they began cutting themselves to get Baal to answer. Elijah had some fun with it. He said “perhaps he is sleeping and just don’t hear, keep trying,” knowing all the while that Baal was not real and would not answer.Elijah wanted these people once and for all to know who the real God was. It was time they come out of the valley of decision. He built a trench around his alter and filled it with water. He poured water over the sacrifice until it was drenched to the point it would be impossible to burn, and then he called on our God to send the fire. “And it came to pass at [the time of] the offering of the [evening] sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou [art] God in Israel, and [that] I [am] thy servant, and [that] I have done all these things at thy word.Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou [art] the LORD God, and [that] thou hast turned their heart back again.Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that [was] in the trench.And when all the people saw [it], they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he [is] the God; the LORD, he [is] the God.” 1 Kings 18:36-39The apostle Paul preached the gospel to King Agrippa who had him in prison. Agrippa’s response is recorded in Acts. 26:28: “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” He remained in the Valley of decision. Those in the valley of decision are in a dangerous condition. From the beginning to the end, God is calling people to make a decision. He told his people through Moses in the wilderness:“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, [and that] ye shall not prolong [your] days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deut. 30:17-19Are you in the valley of decision? Maybe you don’t serve a named God per say, but you have something standing in your way. Something has become greater than God in your life that you are serving. For some it may be a sinful relationship, drugs, alcohol, money, or it may be something minor that simply takes your mind and time from God like TV, Computers, or family. Am I saying give up your family? No…by no means, I’m simply saying that Everyone, including me and every Christian needs to make more time to spend with God in prayer, reading His word, doing His commandments. If you are not a Christian, it is time to get out of the valley of decision so when the harvest is gathered, you will not stand in judgment remembering this day you were called to choose between life and death and you chose death. God wants to give you life? “….How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him:…”“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great.Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.” Joel 3:13-14

 

Guest Writer

Annette Edwards