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Let’s Head To The Mountains

Last week I wrote this post about coming down off the mountain.  I mentioned several of Christ’s mountain top experiences in connection to His work.  Some might say, “Yeah, but that was Jesus.”  I thought that it might be a good idea to take a look at some other events that took place on mountains in the Bible.

After spending months on the Ark, Noah landed on a mountain.  Once he and his family got off the ark, Noah built an altar and worshiped.  It was there that God looked down and made a covenant with Noah that He would never destroy the world by flood again.

A few generations later an old man climbed a mountain with his son.  This son was  a son of promise, one he had been waiting for a decades.  This centenarian was told by the Lord to sacrifice his son.  Just as he was about to do so, God provided a ram as a substitute.  Abraham found out that the Lord will provide.  The Lord told him that he would be blessed.

Caleb was 85 years old when he reached the promised land.  After helping Joshua and the others win the land, he deserved rest.  He went to Joshua and wanted the hill country.  He wanted to go into the mountains where the giants lived and continue the fight.  Caleb knew that you battle giants in the mountains.

Moses went up to meet God Himself on a mountain.  It was there that the Lord gave Moses the Law.  He gave Moses tablets containing the commandments.  Something  much more happened though.  Moses wanted to see God face to face.  Though this couldn’t happen, Moses was able to see God’s backside as He passed by.  When He came down off the mountain, his face shone from the glory of God.

Elijah faced hundreds of Baal’s prophets on a mountain.  Try as they did, all of those prophets couldn’t call fire down from heaven.  Elijah prayed and the Lord sent fire down to consume what was on the altar.  Then he prayed again for the rain to come and end the drought.  After three years, the rain came and the rain fell.

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As I said in last week’s post, you have to come down off the mountain.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do on top of the mountain.  Important work.  Most importantly, the top of the mountain is a place to see God in a way that you can’t seen him anywhere else.

We are going to face mountains in our life.  They may look daunting.  They may seem intimidating.  We might not want to go into them for fear of what might happen.  We need to embrace them as an opportunity to know God in a better and clearer way when we come through them.

Let’s head to the mountains every chance we get.

Are you afraid to head into the mountains or do you look forward to it?

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  1. January 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I look forward to those mountaintop experiences. They give the oomph when it is needed.

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