The Mountains in our Lives

“At Mount Horeb, Yahweh our Elohim said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.  Break camp, get ready!  Go to the mountain region of the Amorites, and go to everyone living on the plains, in the mountains, in the foothills, in the Negev, on the whole Mediterranean coast (the land of the Canaanites) and into Lebanon as far as the Euphrates River.  I’m giving you this land.  Enter, and take possession of the land Yahweh swore to give your ancestor Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to you, their descendants.’ ” Deuteronomy 1:6-8 (God’s Word/Names of God Bible)

 The mountain (whether it’s called Horeb or Sinai) is where the Israelites camped to meet God, learn about Him and be instructed in how to live for Him.  They had just been uprooted from Egyptian slavery and were on their way to the Promised Land when they stopped in the middle to catch their breath and get organized.  The mountain is also where they got into trouble with God (worshiping the golden calf) and were disciplined.

 God is done disciplining and instructing, and the people have made their preparations, so God tells them to break camp and get ready to move out.  He tells them the extent of the Promised Land.  Then He tells them to enter it and take possession and He reminds them that He’s fulfilling promises He made long ago to their ancestors. 

There are various mountains in our lives.  Sometimes the mountain is where we’ve met God after a significant event in our lives (good or bad).  Sometimes the mountain is an obstacle that Satan has thrown up in our path.   Sometimes the mountain is a person in our lives or a set of circumstances created by them.  And sometimes we create our own mountains of a certain attitude (or attitudes) of anger, bitterness, grief, or a mountain of the consequences of our choices. 

Whatever our mountain, we can’t stay there forever.  There comes a time when we have stayed long enough.  There comes a time when God tells us to break camp and get ready.  We must take what we’ve learned in our time with God and use it in our everyday lives and to help other people.  We must take what we’ve learned and use it to overcome whatever Satan wants to distract us with.  We must take what we’ve learned and put other people, our lives and our feelings into God’s perspective.  We must go out to everyone and enter in to the abundant life God has promised us.  

 

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