Have you ever had an obstacle get in your way that seemed as big as a mountain?
Usually, we find solutions to the problems and difficulties that come our way. However, there may be a time that we encounter something so big that it seems impassable. There may be no solution to the situation, and we can’t seem to find a way to even get around it. That is what we might call a mountain!
Sometimes our mountain isn’t an obstacle, but a desire we have in our heart. We may have wanted to accomplish something in our lifetime, but it became too difficult to achieve. Efforts to reach the summit of that mountain failed, and we had no idea how to accomplish our dream.
We can rejoice to know that there is Someone who is bigger than our mountains, and He is always ready to come to our rescue. He wants us to know that the mountain that stands in our way, or the height that we long to attain, will one day be the testimony upon which we will stand. If we are going to ever achieve our goal, it is necessary to believe that.
Whether we are talking about high mountains or deep valleys, we find these metaphors in various places in the Bible. God wants us to know that mountains are His specialty. He knows how to deal with them!
In the Old Testament, after the exile of the Jewish people in Babylon, the Lord commissioned Zerubbabel to start rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. To Zerubbabel this may have seemed like an impossible task – like a great mountain standing before him! The Lord sent the Prophet Zechariah to encourage him with these words:
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:7 NKJV)
God did not want him to rebuild the temple in his own strength. He wanted him to do it by the strength of the Lord! This is why he said to him:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.’ says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV)
Many times we try to overcome difficult situations in our own might and power. God knows that we cannot do that. He encourages us to stop trying to do everything ourselves and start doing it by His power and ability. With God, we can accomplish the impossible!
When the disciples of Jesus failed to bring deliverance to a little boy, they asked Jesus why they had not been able to cast the demon out. Jesus told them:
“Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.’ ” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)
The secret to overcoming mountains is not to look at the size of our faith, how small it is, nor the size of the mountain, as to how big it is. We need to focus all of our attention on God who is bigger than any mountain we may face. He is the One who will make our mountain like a flat plain before us, and it will be accomplished by His grace alone. Faith laughs at impossibilities and declares that it is done, in Jesus’ name!
The Psalmist David wrote:
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV)
Whenever we face a great mountain, we need to lift up our eyes above the circumstances and declare the greatness of God. He is far greater than anything we may face. He is the One who created heaven and earth, and He is our mountain mover!
Declaring the greatness of God and lifting up our voices in praise, worship, and adoration is the key to seeing victory over the mountains we face. It is God’s might, power, and glory that will give us the victory. Nothing we can do in our own strength will suffice, we must rely completely on the Lord. He is our victory and through Him, we can accomplish the impossible. We need to see beyond the mountain and see ourselves testifying to the greatness of God when the mountain has been removed. The mountain you face today will one day be your testimony to the glory of God, who gave you the victory and helped you overcome when everything seemed impossible.
You are holy, dear saint!
Have you seen God help you overcome an impossible situation that loomed like a mountain before you? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]