There I will give back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. Hosea 2:15
Achor means trouble. Wait what did that verse say then?! He can make my valley of trouble a door of hope!?!! Only Jesus!
In Mark 2:1-12 Jesus forgives and heals a paralyzed man. At first the paralyzed man, carried by four of his good buddies, is unable to get into the home where Jesus is, verse 2 says “there was no room left, not even outside the door”. Sounds like trouble to me. But his four buddies didn’t give up so easily… they took him straight through the roof to lay him before the feet of Jesus Himself.
Interesting how sometime Jesus jolts our perspectives by giving us what we need rather than we what we want. This must have happened to these guys when Jesus looked at them and saw their faith, and as it says in verse 5, He forgave the mans sins! Well okay, but what about his legs Jesus?! It wasn’t until the mean guys came into the picture thinking nasty thoughts that Jesus chose to heal the man of his paralysis too! (Verses 10-12)
A blocked door, a roof entry, jolted perspectives, mean guys…qualifies as a valley of Achor wouldn’t you say?! But that valley of trouble was made a door of hope as he waltzed out the front of that home which “amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (verse 12)
What’s your valley of Achor (trouble)? Like the good buddies of the lame man, don’t give up bringing it to Jesus just because the first door was closed. He is able to turn that trouble into a door of hope but it just might take a mean guy or two; or maybe a jolt of perspective, but don’t give up.
Independent read: Jeremiah 29:13