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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Not from the Mountain

I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
—Psalm 121 1:1-4 (NLT)

Walking down the hill from our new home, I see Cheaha Mountain rising in the distance. I always remember this verse when I see mountains. As a child I thought that God lived in the mountains and sent His help to us from there. I didn’t realize that the King James Version of “from when commeth my help” was actually a question asking if the mountain supplied my help or if God did. But I was a child, and seeing was believing.

Now I believe without seeing. I know God is here for me. The mountains remind me of His presence, and the help which comes from Him. I know He made heaven, and He made earth. If He can make the mountains, He can certainly keep me from stumbling. I see a smile on several faces as you read this. Yes, I stumble, but it isn’t because God isn’t there. It’s because I take my eyes off my surroundings and allow my mind to think of other things. Instead of being observant, I’m negligent.

Don’t we do that in the spiritual sense? Become negligent? Allow things to pull our minds off of Him and get deterred by our own perceptions instead of what God actually is saying? And then when we spiritually stumble, we wonder why God didn’t rescue us. His hand had been extended the whole time, but we didn’t see it because we had our eyes on the mountain instead of Him.

To come to the realization that God is never passive—never sleeps—never pulls away—always cares, we must spend time with Him. He yearns to be known, and to have fellowship with us. Suddenly my foot hits a rock, but I don’t stumble. Perhaps God, as I have considered these verses, has kept me from stumbling. Cheaha rises ahead of me, and reminds me that God is greater than any mountain—any fear—anything. Where does my help—my strength come from?  The one who never takes His eyes off of me. Let me never take mine off of Him.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher

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