“Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her [Israel] into the desert
and speak tenderly to her.
There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope” (Hosea 2:14–15a, NIV).
In the book of Hosea, God compares His people to an unfaithful wife. Although she has left her Husband, He will move toward her to forgive her and fulfill His promises to her. He will transform the Valley of Achor into a door of hope.
To understand the richness of this promise, we have to go back to another story told in Joshua 6–7. Achan steals plunder God has clearly forbidden. Because of his disobedience, Achan and his family meet their end in the Valley of Achor:
Joshua said, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.”
Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks . . . . Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since (Joshua 7:25–26).
If your Bible has a note on this verse, you will probably see the meaning of the word Achor—“trouble.” Yet in Hosea, God promises to turn the Valley of Trouble into a Doorway of Hope.
Praise be to God—He’s in the same work today. He has not abandoned us in our sin. We can see the mercy and faithfulness of God when He transforms our times of grief and shame into catalysts for His good purposes.
The faithfulness of God is a particularly dear topic to me because it changed the course of my life. If not for His faithfulness, I would be somewhere else today, somewhere I never wanted to end up.
After a number of years following Jesus through my childhood, I entered a period of life where I was especially set on having my way, despite the fact that it contradicted God’s Word. As I became more entangled in my mess, I doubted God’s goodness and silently wallowed in depression and shame.
But God was good, and He was faithful. He sent the right people at the right times to help me along. On the other side of that experience, I have found this to be true—my greatest season of unfaithfulness has become my most personal example of my Lord’s faithfulness.
The grace of God isn’t just for first-time sinners. It’s also for those of us who’ve wandered and returned. And if the faithfulness of God has appeared so strongly in my past, then I should be able to face the future with hope.
How has God turned your valley into a door?