I will preserve a remnant of the people of Israel and of Judah to possess my land. Those I choose will inherit it, and my servants will live there. The plain of Sharon will again be filled with flocks for my people who have searched for me, and the valley of Achor will be a place to pasture herds.
—Isaiah 65:9-10 (NLT)
Lying between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Samarian Hills to the east, the fertile coastal plain of Sharon stretches north to the southern end of Mount Carmel and south to the Yarkon River. It is home to the Rose of Sharon. The valley of Achor lies near Jericho and is called a place of trouble as the consequence of Achan’s sin. Isaiah foretells of a day when a faithful remnant of God’s people, who have searched for Him, will again hope. Sharon shall bloom again, and Achor, once a place of trouble, shall be a doorway of hope.
“I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt” (Hosea 2:15, NLT).
We, who believe in Jesus Christ, are the remnant who possess God’s promise. Jesus is our promise. Our Red Seas do not destroy us. We have been brought out of captivity to freedom in Christ. No longer in bondage to sin, we are His! The Rose of Sharon blooms each day in the fertile plains of our souls. But if we don’t search for what this truth means, we will not understand the change He has brought. It is horrible to be rich in Him and not know it! When we believe by faith in Jesus, that place of trouble and sin—the valley of Achor—is no more. Jesus has opened His gateway of hope to us. He is our protector and healer. We have His hope and promise.
“He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you” (Psalm 91:3-7, NLT).
If you open your spiritual eyes, you will see that the places in your life that feel barren are actually full of His promise. If you believe in Jesus, the Rose of Sharon will restore what you have lost.
“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation” (Psalm 91:14-16. NLT).
Jesus presents hope. Receive His love and believe. Your desolate valley will open with promise, and your life will bloom again.
© 2020 Lynn Lacher