At this point in our journey as followers of Christ we have been made quite aware that our God is an awesome God. As the song makes clear, our awesome God “reigns from Heaven above, with wisdom, power, and love.” We know from Colossians that Jesus created all things and that the things He created were created through Him and for Him.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
We know that Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and Earth and the Maker of Heaven and Earth. We also know from various worship songs that He can move all those things aside to accomplish His Will. From our little song in the summer:
“Our God is a good God - He is a great God - He can do anything… but fail - He can move ANY mountain, out of my way… - our God is a wonderful God”
Or from the worship song “Mighty To Save”
Savior - He can move the mountains - My God is mighty to save - My God is mighty to save - Forever, Author of salvation - He rose and conquered the grave - Jesus conquered the grave!
It isn’t just contemporary worship and wishful thinking that puts that powerful thought in our minds. We have scriptural evidence that God will move mountains out of our way:
He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.
It is clear that Jesus, as God is able to make and move mountains. These passages make clear that when we walk after Him, He is able to work through us to move mountains. That is amazing power! That is a wonderful and reassuring thought! Our God can move ANY mountain out of our way!
BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN HE CHOOSES NOT TO MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN?
Do we still hold fast to our praises that God is a good God, an awesome God, a God able to conquer the grave when God chooses not to move a specific mountain out of our way? Do we hesitate and falter when the God who made the mountain that stands before us asks us, out of His wisdom, power, and love, to climb THAT mountain?
What do we do when God says “persevere” and “patience my child” rather than “Mountain! Move!” or “Sea! Part!”?
Here is the most difficult part of our walk with Christ to deal with: ourselves.
WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?
We are always the mountain in the way of our journey walking where Christ is going. Sometimes God removes those mountains we make in a miraculous way and we don’t have to struggle with them tremendously. However, often God will remove the mountain we create by creating His own mountain which He will then call us to climb. What do I mean?
We are selfish creatures, we trade the truth for lies all the time (Romans 1). We have our own goals, dreams, ideas about our deserved qualities of life or lifestyles we want to live. The problem with these is often that we don’t recognize when God is telling us “No.” Eventually we build these things up so high that they become mountains which can stop us from recognizing God’s call in our lives. Then when we are called by God we think “this goal, dream, etc. isn’t possible with this call, God please move this mountain.”
Although we often mean for God to remove the mountain of impossibility of us following the call and having our personal expectations be reality, God does not often answer in that way. God will answer that call, but I say He answers it with a mountain of His own making. I think God moves our mountain of us by creating His own mountain which will require us to leave our selfish things behind if we ever hope to climb over the mountain God asks us to climb over. Think on this with me:
Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
To follow Jesus might just mean you have no place to rest your head, and it may mean you have to leave where you are much sooner than you are ready to do so. You won’t be making it up this mountain holding on to all YOUR things. You can only make it up this mountain holding on to Jesus. God won’t move this mountain out of your way, as climbing this mountain is one of the very crucial parts of your walk with Christ. It is the proving ground of your praises. It shows just how far, just how long, and through just what experiences you trust God to be that awesome God who CAN move mountains, but sometimes chooses not to. It reveals whether we really believe God reigns from Heaven above with wisdom, power, and love. It reveals whether we believe the savior who has risen from and conquered the grave can manage to help us climb and conquer any physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, figurative, etc. mountain God chooses to put in our way to grow us to be more like His Son.
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