The Mountain

There are few greater displays of God’s great power in our lives than that of a mountain; few things put life into perspective as well as these giant land features.

Throughout the bible, mountains are mentioned in several stories, and are very central figures to much of the old testament.

Moses communed  with God in the Old Testament for forty days upon Mount Sinai, a mountain where the presence of God was so tangible that the Israelites were brought to their knees with fear when they gazed upon it, and saw the storms and felt the thunder and smelled the lightning crackling from there. It was upon that mountaintop that Moses was in the very presence of God and received the commandments for God’s people directly from God.

Elijah found God upon Mount Horeb where he experienced first the calamity of a terrible wind storm, followed by an earthquake, and then a raging fire- and realized that God wasn’t in the chaos, but rather the stillness that followed; the absence of Chaos. That is where he heard God’s voice, and received his divine instruction in communion with God.

Many psalms refer to Mount Zion as the ultimate focus, where the temple of the Lord was built upon, embedded right into the very rocks that the mountain was made of. Jesus himself makes reference to the congregations that gather spiritually at Zion in Matthew 5:14, saying “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” True Christians are likened to a city set on a hill, a sight that is elevated and clearly visible to the surrounding lands. We are meant to stand out, and to be visible as light to this world of darkness.

Mountains are mentioned as reclusive experiences where we are closer to God. Speak to just about any mountain climber, and they will say that being on the summit of a mountain is a profoundly spiritual experience. Looking down on the world from that perspective, being separated from the urgent hustle and bustle of society, and all the constant interruptions by being surrounded by near silence is a dramatic change for most of us from the busy life we experience.

It’s no accident that Jesus often separated himself from his disciples to climb a mountain and find His Father. It’s no accident that there is phrase in English that refers to a most exceptional experience as a “Mountaintop Experience.”

I have recently found that in my own experience, I haven’t taken enough time to separate myself from the busyness of life, and climb my mountain to be with my Lord. There is nothing easy about climbing a mountain, not when compared with going down a mountain. The steady flow of responsibilities and tasks and projects that come into life can drag you downstream rather quickly, and in that moment, trying to remove yourself from them to climb a mountain just feels like an added task.

But there comes a point when you and I must realize the necessity of time out, of true unhindered communion and personal fellowship with our dear Heavenly Father. It’s in these precious mountaintop experiences that God can have free reign in our hearts and replenish and restore us as is promised in Psalm 23 among other countless places.

Once we are removed from the Chaos of life, Psalm 46:10 can truly be fulfilled in our hearts-

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

So my dear friends, I encourage you to take time out before life overwhelms you (Midterm Season you university readers? Finals soon too, eh? Work and Projects?) and take time out to refocus on God and His promises, and just to spend some real quality time in the presence of our dear loving Daddy. As is oft recommended in the scriptures, Selah- take time and reflect or meditate upon that.

God bless you all, and may you all be a blessing in this world!

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One Response to “The Mountain”
  1. Jonathan says:

    Wow thank you for sharing Tony! That really was a help to me.

    “There is nothing easy about climbing a mountain, not when compared with going down a mountain.”

    I had an “aha!” moment reading this phrase. Thanks again!

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