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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”—Psalm 118:6 (NKJV)
I love the mountains. They have such presence about them. Somehow, they feel majestic.
We traveled through Switzerland one summer with our children and hiked up and down mountains. Sometimes we could barely make it up the mountain because the climb was so steep, and other times we would race to the top. But the view from any mountaintop was always breathtaking. When you stand at the top of the mountain you also realize why men in history chose to build towns that were surrounded by mountains. As the saying goes, “On a clear day, you can see so far,” and that is a military advantage for protecting those below.
I recently fell while hiking a mountain and broke my arm. I knew it the minute I hit the ground. The pain that shot through my body was undeniable. As I sat there, I had two conflicting thoughts: 1. I wasn’t going to make it off the mountain with a broken arm, and 2. I didn’t have a choice. I had to get down that mountain to get the help I needed.
How often we are faced with situations that are thrown at us without warning! A medical diagnosis, a child in trouble, or a business that begins to fail are dropped in our lap, and we must deal with it whether we like it or not. We have to somehow get down the mountain.
God is like a mountain. He is strong and unmovable. He is our protector. The Bible also compares a believer who trusts in the Lord to a mountain. Trusting God makes us strong and immovable. In contrast, the Bible speaks of a person who doubts as being tossed by waves. Comparatively speaking, he would be considered weak and always moving.
Doubt is the opposite of trust. We need to learn to trust the Lord rather than constantly doubt Him. Doubting comes much more easily to us than trust. It’s part of being human. However, we need to battle our doubts and learn to trust that God has the advantage of the view from the top of the mountain.
God can see the past, the present, and the future. He will walk with you each step of the way even when the pain radiates through your soul. He will get you to the bottom of the mountain. Trust Him today.
DIG: Read James 1:6-8.
DISCOVER: What in your life is creating doubt? How can you turn that doubt to trust?
DISPLAY: Ask God, in faith, to get you off the mountain.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.