My commute to work is a blessing. Not only do I drive on a highway with little traffic, the view is spectacular! A river follows beside the road for most of the journey with trees lining the banks. I pass orchards and meadows and quaint farm buildings. Off in the distance two mountains, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, stand majestically against the horizon. On clear, sunny days the mountains are absolutely breath taking, capped with snow, symbols of the powerful handiwork of God.
However, there are days when the skies are gray or the fog settles in the valley. Search as I may, the mountains are nowhere to be found. With my human eyes, I simply cannot see them. Yet, I know they are always there.
The fact that Mount Adams and Mount Rainier are not visible to me in the moment does not cause me to doubt. I don’t have to pull out my Washington state maps or consult my Maps app to make sure they haven’t disappeared. I have confidence regardless of my own personal experience.
Isn’t it interesting that I have an easier time believing in the steadfast nature of the mountains than I do in the steadfast nature of the Lord and His Word?
Sometimes I wrestle fiercely with myself to trust the Lord when the situations around me look contrary to His promises. Nevertheless, He remains true, more solid and steadfast than the Barberton Greenstone Belt (located in East Africa and considered by many geologists to be the oldest mountain range on earth, formed 3.5 billion years ago). I can’t really even fathom 100 years, let alone millions and billions, but it helps to put God’s Word into perspective about His steadfast and faithful nature.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)
Jesus said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35, NIV).
To be sure, there are times when skies are gray. Life doesn’t flow smoothly. Things are harder than we’d like; we face depression or other kinds of illness. Sometimes the fog settles over our lives, and all we can see are the problems. Regardless of the situation, we can be absolutely certain that the Lord is there. Unlike the mountains of towering strength that remain firmly in place, He also walks with us. The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth (Psalm 145:18, NLT). He is always near!
What about you? What circumstances in life cause you to doubt the faithfulness of God? Are there certain challenges that could potentially shake your faith?
As imposing as mountains are, given a large enough earthquake at the right location, they may be literally shaken and even moved. There may come a time when Mount Everest (the tallest mountain) is no longer there. Does it build your faith to realize we worship the God who is more secure than the mountains? Take courage, because the One who loves you is steadfast and faithful. His Word is true. His promises will be fulfilled in your life.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10, ESV).
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I get overwhelmed by circumstances, when I focus on the problems rather than Your steadfast love. Like the mountains that are always there even when I can’t see them, remind me that You are always there, and You are always near. Thank You, that You are teaching me to trust You every moment of every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
*Thank you to Nyna Babcock (no relation to me) for sharing thoughts that inspired this week’s post.