“The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and stay there so that I may give you the stone tablets with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction. So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua and went up the mountain of God. When Moses went up the mountain, the cloud covered it. 16 The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. Moses entered the cloud as he went up the mountain, and he remained on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights.” Exodus 24.
Last week, I mentioned how I seem to be ever drawn to the mountains. As I have pondered on this thought, I have come to believe that God has placed in each of us a desire to find Him on His mountain. You see, when we look at scripture, we begin to see that God is always drawing us to Himself, and that often means a trip up the mountain. Oh we don’t stay there indefinitely. We eventually come down. But it’s after we’ve received whatever it is He needs to give us that we descend back down to live out the blessing of the mountain experience.
What do we find on the mountain? After searching through the over 300 references to “mountain” in scripture, I found several words that give a glimpse of what can be found when we set out to seek God on the mountain: safety; provision; worship; blessing; holiness; refuge; God’s presence; strength; refreshing; victory; etc., the list goes on and on. There is an abundant supply of whatever it is God has in store for us – but we must make the ascent:)
Climbing Pinnacle Mountain has been a favorite family activity since our 3 boys have been very young, and we have been on many, many treks up this local landmark. Eventually, the adventurous spirit within all boys drew them to climb the harder side, where there were more rocks to scale, making it a more difficult climb. There have been a few times, I’m sure, where they and some friends have blazed their own trail up and down the mountain! Once at the top, the sky and the view of the meandering Arkansas River, and the simple beauty of the land surrounding makes one pause and believe that God really does speak to us on the mountain. And so we listen for God to say, “Come up to me on the mountain” … and keep pursuing the ascent:)