THE VALLEY OF DECISION
"Choose ye this day whom you will serve"
Multitudes, throngs of people live in a place the Prophet Joel calls the "valley of decision." "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision" (Joel 3:14). Every time we make a decision, we have divided our thoughts between two choices. The heathen have chosen to dwell in this dangerous spiritual valley with only their uninformed choices to support them.
Why do the heathen rage? Why are the nations making a roar? The Psalmist answers these questions clearly. "Why do they rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed" (Psalms 2:1-2). Void of the Lord's companionship and resulting guidance, those mired in the valley of decision have chosen to take counsel against Jesus and His anointed ones in order to establish their own dominion (agenda) over the entire world.
"He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision" (Psalm 2:4). Yet, in His mercy and according to His promises, the Lord gives His instruction to us who seek Him, and tells us to be wise. "Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth "(Psalm 2:10). For those counted in His fold, He commands that we ask Him; and when we do, He will give us the heathen for our inheritance and the uttermost parts of the world for our possession. (Psalm 2:8) Ask Him for the souls of those who are trapped in this most difficult place, the valley of decision.
Ancient Hebrew Word Picture Of Decision
When studying Hebrew, we learn that most of its words are verb oriented. The action of the verb helps paint a picture in our minds. There are actions and concrete pictures associated with each word. The word "decision" is the Hebrew word (charuts) and can mean "to dig a trench." To better see this picture, envision a hoe, which you know to be a long handled garden tool. When the hoe strikes the ground its rigid and sharpened edge breaks up the soil. This is a picture of wounding. Therefore, the Hebrew word "decision" can be understood to be a "sharp hoe." Making decisions is a sharp and sometimes violent action.
Because the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14), then all those who live there will face a sharp judgment, unless they turn away from their will and turn toward the face of God. This is why we are commanded to ASK for the heathen. When we hear things on the news or read things in social media that we despise, ASK the Lord for the heathen, for your inheritance. We must not take it upon ourselves to argue with fools who only want to air their own opinions. "Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions" (Prov. 18:2) (NLT).
May God grant all His people wisdom; the priceless gem we need to ask Him for daily. (James 1:5).