Out of the Valley of Achor into a Door of Hope

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.  And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.  And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. (Hosea 2:14-15)

God says he will allure his people into the wilderness.  So often, God leads his people to where it is dry, lonely, and dark in order to bring them to himself.  God has to bring us to a place where sin is no longer appealing, no longer satisfying so that we might hate it and want more of Christ.

When Israel arrived in the wilderness, God gave “her her vineyards and [made] the Valley of Achor a door of hope.”  And so it is for us today.  There God will bring us back to spiritual vibrancy and prosperity. He will take our trouble and turn it into hope — “Achor” in Hebrew means “trouble.”  Valley of Achor references Joshua 7:10-26 and Achan’s sin of plundering spoils in battle.  Achan had silver hidden in his tent and Joshua’s men found it. Achan, his wife, his sons and daughters, and his oxen, donkeys, sheep and all his possessions were stoned by Joshua and all of Israel for their sin. They were stoned in the Valley of Achor (v. 24). They broke the very command that God made in 6:17-19. God said, “But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it. But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD” (vv. 18-19).  After Achan and all his family and possessions were stoned, God’s anger was lifted. In verse 26, it says, “Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor,” because in verse 25, Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The LORD brings trouble on you today.”

So, in Hosea, when we read that God has made the “Valley of Achor a door of hope” it is no small thing. He will take Israel from a place where they deserve to be stoned because of idolatry, sexual immorality, false worship, and wicked hearts to a place where hope is all they see.

In the same way, God has taken us from the trouble of our own sins that we once were in as children of wrath and sons of disobedience and given us mercy found in his Son Jesus. God took us from a place where we should have been stoned to a place where Christ reigns with the hope of glory.  Only Christ can lift the trouble that we have on our hands because of our transgressions and give us life. Now we can believe what Titus 3:7 says: “Being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

At the end of Hosea 2:15, it says that God’s people will answer him when he gives them this hope.  When God gives his people back their vineyards and gives them hope in spite of their trouble, they will answer to God, “as in the days of her youth” (meaning when God and his Bride were first married), with the song of Moses, a song of exodus from their sin.  After Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea to escape Egypt, they finally sang praise to God for deliverance (Ex. 15:1-21).  This is the same song that all God’s people will sing before the throne for eternity (Rev. 15:3-4). This song in Revelation is called “the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.”  The song of the Lamb.  It is the song of Jesus, the one who bore all of our trouble in his body of flesh on our behalf, so that we might have a true and lasting hope.

Who is the Savior who brought Israel out of Egypt in Exodus? Jesus. Who is the Savior that will bring Israel out of their idolatry in Hosea? Jesus. Who is the Savior that has rescued us from the domain of darkness and the kingdom of Satan? Jesus.

How awesome is our God!  Let us worship the Lord Jesus who has brought us out of the Valley of Achor and given us a living hope that we might be redeemed and live with him forever.


22 Comments Add yours

  1. WILLIAM TITUS says:



  2. Peter Viertmann says:

    Indeed how wonderful is the heart of our God. Thank you so much for amplifying this great truth.


  3. Peter Viertmann says:

    Can I add that it is also an on-going process. The Lord is well able to take all the troubles that we face day by day and turn them into doors of hope if we will only bless Him in the process – Praise His wonderful name!.


  4. Dr Adeoye Abayomi says:

    Close to the end of yr 2009, God has given me a revelation on this location and some others in the scripture, and all He did was to cause a “paradigm shift” in the Spirit realm which turned the Valley of Achor in Josh.7:26 meaning ‘valley of trouble’ to a “place of rest” in Is.65:1O and a “door of Hope” in Hos.2:14-15. So it doesn’t really matter how much 2009 or past years might have troubled men, in as much as they could seek Him for mercies(Is.65:10), He shal cause a paradigm shift in their lives as we proceed into 2010. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you brethren.


  5. Lisa says:

    I enjoyed this so much. It has been a blessing this morning for me. Looking for 2010 to be a time of blessing even in the storms of life.


  6. Rev. Donnie Warnock says:

    Picked up the scripture this am for it to fall open to Isaiah 65; 8-10. Make no mistake about it God is coming to comfort his people – many of whom have fallen into some of the most uncanny troubles in the past few years. So – So many seemingly “no way out – between the rock and the hard place” situations where all hope of a better day seemed washed from their horizons.
    Thanks, Dr. Abayomi, you discribed it best…God is doing a “paradigm shift”… A paradigm shift is not a simple change in directions…it is an entire lifting out of your current world as you know it and being set down into another, where you no longer look to the former – and are entirely caught up into the present.


  7. Bembry says:

    Which household object would you turn yourself into if you had to pick one?


  8. dexter hudson says:

    Who are the people in whom YAHUA ELOHIM refering to in this passage? who are his people? This passage is referring to his chosen covenant people and i am not talking about the synagogue of satan according to revelation 2:9 and rev3:9 the fake imposters the zionist or israelis in the land now. dueteronomy 28 chapter tells you specifily who his people are christianity and judaism has decieved the world. His people practised torah no torah along woth the babylonian talmud and the jerusalem talmud. he said his people would go into slavery with ships. husbands would be sold as bondmen and wives as bond women. a yoke of iron would be placed around their neck. they would have children but would not enjoy them for they shall be taken into captivity. they would betroth a wife but another man shall lie with her. the woman shall be placed above the man. other nations shall come in among you and shall go up very high and ye shall remain very low. these are just a few of the curses that would be placed on his choosen people forever as a sign and a wonder forever just as he said they would. this is how you identify his chosen people by the curses of DUET:28 CHAPTER. The so called african americans were not african at all they were hebrews. Jewish people dont dare call themselves hebrews they are descendants of japeth not shem. japeth grandson Ashkanaz that is why they are called ashkanazi jews ashkan in hebrew means german. Holla!!!!!!!


  9. Kristi says:

    God just showed me this scripture earlier this morning as I was preparing for a message of what is hope. I had never paid attention to it before. I decided to look up The Valley of Achor to get more insight when I found this page. It was exactly what God had laid upon me. I truly believe that he is here to show us he is a God of mercy, love, hope, rebirth and renewal. God Bless you and your ministry.


  10. John says:

    Wow!! That was a blessing :)
    God bless you!


  11. chinwe says:

    God is very précised in giving instructions despite the fact He is merciful how will u take what God has marked out for destruction upon yourself, As far as God is concerned when it is time for Him to destroy the marked things whosoever that is in contact with the marked things will be destroyed cause it will not be fair for God to destroy some and leave some He is a faithful judge we should be very careful and learn how to hearken to all He has commanded don’t meddle with His instructions.


  12. ransomed says:

    As i was reading the book of Hosea, i wanted to know more about the Valley of Achor. so i googled and found this article. I thank God for you for sharing this. May his blessings abound more in Jesus’ name.


  13. John says:

    What a blessed study! I feel the presence of God just reading through this devotional. Thank you Holy Spirit for giving this expository knowledge for the vast number of us that need to know. May the lord Bless and promote His work in your hands in Jesus Name. Amen!


  14. Ron says:

    It has been seven months of no way out situations…I too wanted to google Valley of Achor..and then to see this fine expository encouragement becoming part of the paradigm shift in and of itself amidst our so uncanny troubles…so uncanny how can it be? thank you


  15. ebediel says:

    Hey Brother, you have a lively family and I pray God blesses you. This passage tonight was my Bible reading today and the phrase “make Valley of Achor into a door of hope” really stood out as I read.
    I had a horrendous day today filled with “trouble”. Your commentary helped me understand what The Lord was saying to me. I just wanted to thank you for writing it.


    1. ebediel says:

      *lovely family. :)


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  20. April says:

    Awesome, I first read this article back in 2011 when God was urging me out of a situation. I Didn’t obey. Been in this valley since then,but it’s strange because although I’ve been stripped of everything but God,I’m at peace,and God himself is taking care of me. I believe He brings us into this valley to ensure that we never go back to where we were before. This valley of Achor has truly been a door of hope,life,redemption,rescue,and love from God. Sometimes the valley is the only way out. Forever thankful.


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