Thursday, March 27, 2014

On the Mountain with God

March 27, 2014

"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Come up to Me on the mountain. Stay there,
and I will give you the tablets of stone on which I have inscribed the
instructions and commands so you can teach the people.'"
Exodus 24:12

I have a friend who is on the mountain with God. Actually, she's still cruising at 36,000 feet (or at whatever altitude planes fly) on her way to another country in effort to bring home her precious daughter. I imagine her heart feels full of anxious anticipation and joy beyond expression--feelings that come from following God into the unknown.

Journeying with God up the mountain proves anything but easy. The trek requires faith; a certainty that the One who called you up the mountain will neither fail you nor abandon you . . . nor the family and friends you leave behind (Deuteronomy 31:6). The course demands determination, endurance and sacrifice. But meeting God on the mountaintop produces in us an experience far greater than anything this world can offer.

Moses met with God on a mountaintop. The climb surely proved challenging for Moses. Twice, Moses had to scale the mountain carrying two stone tablets--gear that I assume most mountain-climbers would rather leave behind. But Moses did the work. And once Moses reached the mountaintop he experienced God like few people ever would. While on the mountain God equipped Moses with what he needed to teach and share with God's people. Moses' time with God proved so great that when he returned to the bottom of the mountain, his face shone brightly for all to see.

What mountain has God asked you to climb? I can affirm that the journey will prove well worth the effort, hours of training and sacrifice required. Your time on the mountain with God will equip you with an experience which you can use to teach and share with God's people. You will return home shining brightly for all to see (Matthew 5:16).

Friend . . . you know who you are. We are here at the bottom of the mountain waiting to welcome you home!

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