Posted by: bshelley | November 21, 2008

Mountains or Valleys

mountain-tops

Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. NASB

Spiritually, I have always made a rather large mental differentiation between mountains and valleys. Mountain top experiences are those spiritual high times that come every so often, but can seldom be maintained for an extended period of time. The valleys are the low times when facing difficulties or a loss. On the mountain top, we feel so near God that we want to shout out with joy and sing His praises. The thought comes from a reference to Moses’ experience in God’s presence on Mt. Sinai. He would come down from the mountain top shining with the glory of having been with Him. Soon, however, the shining would fade and Moses would  hide its fading with a veil (Ex. 34:34-35). In the valleys we cry out to God for deliverance and mercy, desiring the trials and tribulations to come to an end. We long for the mountain top. Although I have long bought into this, I do not now see where it is particularly scriptural. Certainly not as it would apply to an experience similar to Moses. In our covenant with God in Christ, we have throne room access to God at all times. We do not have to climb a physical or for that matter a spiritual mountain to find ourselves in the presence of the almighty God (Heb. 4:16). We need merely to seek Him in prayer. If then, when we call out to God in prayer whether in grateful thanks, for praise or for deliverance, shouldn’t we, don’t we have the comfort, peace and glory of His presence penetrating and shining through His very Spirit from within us? If He is always available and by that means always with us, is not every encounter and every moment with Him not a mountain top experience? So, what is the difference between mountain top and valley experiences besides our varying circumstances that are, oh by the way, common to all in this life? It is our perspective of our specific situation that makes us differentiate the two. God is the same regardless. I am now convinced that marked differences between mountains and valleys are for cartographers, not for Christians. We should, regardless of circumstance, rejoice as we live lives marked by continual communication with the Father (Rom . 12:12). Besides, it is good to get in practice since in eternity we have the assurance of hope that it is there in His presence we will remain. Hallelujah and amen!

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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  1. ups and downs

    http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/anti-suicide-watch/


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