Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Advantages of Climbing Mountains

Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Much preaching is done on the verse that says, "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matt 17:20) However, Jesus did not intend for us to remove every mountain from our lives. Some mountains He has put there or allowed to be placed there for us to climb. Notice the verse from Amos chapter four. It tells us, among other things that God has made the mountains and that he walks on the high places of the earth, the mountains. If God made them, and He  is there on the mountain, doesn't it make sense that we should want to become mountain climbers?

Now I know that mountains in our life are mostly no fun at all. Mountains of circumstance, difficulty, and challenge seem insurmountable and futile. However, if God has put that mountain in our life and He is on the mountain with us, it seems much more bearable...even profitable.

In the Bible mountains were at times:

  • A Refuge in Danger  - Sometimes God asks us to climb mountains to avoid the flash flood that is filling  the valley! -  Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
  • A Place for Pasture - Along the slopes and on the plateaus of the mountain are well watered pastures for the nutrition of His flock. -   Psalms 147:8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 
  • A Place for Worship - It is on the hard climb of the mountain that we listen and worship by faith. Remember Abraham?  Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 

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