Do You Have a Mountain to Climb?

Can you name at least three Bible events that happened in the mountains?

The Great Flood left Noah’s ark setting atop Mount Ararat.

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.

Jesus delivered the greatest sermon ever on the Mount of Beatitudes.

And there are many more . . .

The word “mountain” appears more than 500 times in the Bible.

Mountains symbolize God’s greatness. Who else could create something so magnificent? Maybe that’s why God chose a mountain setting to deliver His most important messages to mankind.

Yes, God is in the mountains—but Satan is, too.

Matthew 4:8–10 says:

The devil took (Jesus) to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Has Satan taken you to a mountaintop?

Sometimes, a mountaintop appears as a wonderful place providing an outstanding view of the future. But, be careful. It could be an illusion. Make sure you are standing with God instead of bowing down to Satan.

Has Satan shown you a mountain as an obstacle in your way or a frightening high place from which you might fall?

Maybe you are afraid of ascending a mountain, like the main character in Hannah Hurnard’s classic novel, Hinds Feet on High Places.

Much-Afraid climbs the high places, hoping to find The Great Shepherd, but she faces innumerable and seemingly impossible obstacles on her way. By transcending these difficulties, she is able to see the world from a fresh, new perspective. She is transformed from a frightened, deformed, lost soul to a beautiful, spiritually connected, joyful being no longer needing human love because it has been replaced in her heart by God’s love.

You can be like Much-Afraid and overcome your fear of the high places with faith and God’s love.

If you face a mountain today, hang tight because God has you covered.

Psalm 91:11-12 promises:

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Be brave.
Don’t allow Satan to take away your faith.
God is with you in the high places.

He won’t let you fall.

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