Climbing Mountains

Sunday, June 2, 2024
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Psalm 121:1-2 – I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (NIV 2011)

A year ago, I was diagnosed with a ten-inch hernia that could not be operated on until I lost 100 pounds. So far, I have lost 40 pounds, but because of the hernia, I cannot exercise or even walk very far. Last Christmas Day, the hernia aggravated some veins on my abdomen, and I had to go to the emergency room where I bled non-stop for seven hours. I have a mountain to climb!

When people look at mountains, there may be three types of reactions. Some may see the beauty and majesty of God as they look at the firmness and magnificence of a mountain. Others may see the beauty, but they feel that the mountain is something that they need to conquer, and they think of the great feeling that they will have when they reach the crest. Still others may look at the mountain, shake their heads, and think, "Not another mountain. I just don't have the strength to climb again. What can I do?"

No matter which of the three reactions that we may have, God is the same. God is the One Who is our firm foundation, the Creator of all things and the One Who reigns supreme. He is also the God Who makes us more than conquerors, because there is nothing too difficult for Him. He gives us feet like those of a deer so that we can climb the mountain and be triumphant:

Habakkuk 3:19 – The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (NIV 2011)

He is also the God of the mountains, the One Who never sleeps, the One Who keeps us safe under His shadow, the One Who gives us new strength and mercy every day, the One Who is with us always, and the One Who gives us victory after victory and takes us from glory to glory. We don't climb those mountains alone. He asks only that we trust Him every step of the way. We need to walk in His footsteps.

Isaiah 40:30-31 – Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV 2011)

Prayer: Lord, remind us that no matter what type of reaction we may have when we encounter a mountain that needs to be climbed, we can put our faith in You. Lord, You are not only the God of the mountains, but You are also the God of the earth and the heavens. Help us to look to You for our strength, victory, and mercy. We will climb that mountain with Your strength, and we will know that You are greater than any mountain. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Becky, do take care and may you have a good day. Blessings.

    I pray for God to walk beside you as you climb your personal mountain.
    Grace and peace to you.

    Becky is almost halfway there – climbing her personal mountain. I hope she has a community of people around her for encouragement.

    Thanks for today’s devotional entry. I too have a weight loss mountain to climb. I’m so grateful to God that He climbs it with me, step by step.

    Great truth in your devotion today. Truth, I needed to hear since mountains loom over all of us at times. Prayers for your health. Tell your mountain just how big your God is.

    Thank you for sharing. You are almost halfway up your (100) mountain. May God continue to strengthen you.

    Yes, we do have some mighty mountains to climb in life Becky, but when our faith remains strong, we are amazed at what we can accomplish. Thank you for your encouraging words today and may you accomplish total recovery of your health issues.

    Hi Becky,
    I am sorry you are going through this. 40 lbs. is a lot of weight to lose – and that is amazing. Ask God for strength – I think weight loss is one of the hardest struggles to overcome.

    Good morning, Becky,
    I loved every word of your devotional today. The contents covered a lot. You can do it with the Father’s help, and you will reach the mountain top and descend with renewed health, strength, and vigour to tell us more about climbing the highest mountain. Praying for your surgery to go smoothly and your complete wellness.

    Good morning, Becky.
    God bless you and trusting God that you are getting to the top of that mountain and have victory!!! The mountain examples made me think of the song my sister sent when my husband died, Your Ways Are Better …. One line is: I wanted you to move mountains, but you wanted me to climb… along those lines. How true God is with us each step of the way and it has been just over 2 years and God gives strength, joy, and peace of mind!!
    All the best, I pray for you.

    What a very special devotional you wrote and how I appreciate it. Weight hangs over a lot of our heads. The wedding of the year (or at least in our family it is) will take place on July. The mother of the bride has chosen my outfit for the bridesmaids’ lunch, and I have ten pounds to lose, which to me is like your 100!
    You are to be congratulated on your perseverance and your faith and thank you for writing.

    Good morning, Becky,
    I loved your different views on mountains. Your devotional is very encouraging to everyone even at the moment if someone is not climbing a mountain. I pray that your faith continues to support you as you climb your personal mountain. We all gain strength when others share how their faith is helping them to climb their personal mountain.
    “We will climb that mountain with Your strength, and we will know that You are greater than any mountain” – this statement and your passage from the Bible are special.
    When we remember that our strength comes from our faith in God, miracles happen. I think that 100 pounds sounded impossible at first and you have achieved 40 pounds already. Blessings.

    A prayer for your patience and faith in God.

    Wow, Becky, what a great tribute to our God! Thank you for sharing your testimony.

    Good afternoon, Becky,
    I wish you all the best. The passage from Isaiah is one of my favourites.

    Hi Becky,
    I’m praying for your weight loss (congratulations on the first 40 lbs!) and a successful operation to follow.
    God is good!

    From Becky:
    Thank you all for taking the time to comment on my devotional. All of your comments were encouraging. I especially want to thank those of you who said you will pray for me. Have a great week. Blessings.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. To God be the glory! Blessings.

    Thank you very much for this, it came at the right time. I have been looking at a present challenge like a mountain, but now I will look at it and see God instead.

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