Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Climb That Mountain




The Grand Tetons  

    The peak stands high above the timberline, its rocky surface glistening in the early morning sun. Glaciers of white cut different paths down the mighty massif leading to an encircling blanket of trees. Peace and tranquility abound.
     Are you searching for a little peace in your life? Looking for that tranquil place to lay your head? Or are you on that trek already? Are you walking or running? Maybe you’re hanging by your fingernails as you move inch by inch toward the top.
Isaiah 27:5 "Or let him take hold of My strength, That he may make peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me."
     That’s right. The Lord offers His strength and His peace! Look at the verse above closely. What does it say?  Think about it for a while.
     For now, let’s say you’re looking at that mountain. You want peace. You want tranquility. You’re sick and tired of it all but don’t know what to believe anymore. Things aren’t adding up in your little world. You search for answers but so far, nothing makes sense. Confusion reigns and to avoid confrontation, you settle for logic or the status quo but deep down, you yearn for the truth.
     Or maybe you’re hiking through the forest, picking your way through the underbrush, fallen logs, and across the creeks. You want peace. You want tranquility. You’re dirty and hungry. The next bend is only another trial and you grow weary, wondering if you will ever see the path to the peak. You started this journey with the thought, “I got this,” and now realize that you can’t continue. You yearn for strength.
     Then again, you may be the climber on the mountainside. You made the decision to start this trek, knowing it was a hard journey. You braved the dense forest with its animals and terrain. You hang by your fingers and toes as the wind buffets your body and search for another hold to propel yourself closer to your destination. Peace and tranquility is in your grasp but now, with shredded knuckles, you yearn for power.
2 Samuel 22:33-24 "God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places."
     Through the almighty grace of God, the hiker finds the strength to continue and will find the path to the mountain. The climber discovers the power to find that next handhold and stand on the summit. But why would they even begin the journey? 
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 "For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He."
     Are you searching for truth, strength, power, or peace? Wondering why you should take the next step? I know the answer. His name is Jesus.
Romans 5:1 "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
     So in this troubled world, if things appear overwhelming or frightening, turn to Him. Trust Him to deal with them and walk on. Remember to take hold of His strength. Stop fighting His will for your life and discover the awesomeness of God. Forge forward through the forest and climb that mountain.

In Christ,
Renee

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