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Peaks Above Clouds

“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’ you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 7:17-21 (ESV)

 

Recently my daughter and I had a discussion on faith, and why I was certain of the existence of God. While many of the encounters that I have had with the grace and presence of my Savior revolved around circumstances that would be inappropriate for younger audiences, I delighted in sharing with her the experiences that I could. We shared an amazing car ride, as the conversation afforded me an opportunity to bond with my daughter and to encourage her in her faith. I pray that when she looks back on her life, she will view these conversations as cherished moments of shared intimacy between she and I. Likewise it is just as important for me to intentionally recall and meditate on the moments of intimacy that I have shared with my heavenly Father.

Life can throw all kinds of hurdles our way. Trials and tribulations can appear so daunting that we wonder “how will we make it through this time”. Some of us wonder if God can move the mountain that stands before us. Others believe He can, but doubt whether He will. Doubts left unchecked inevitably turn into fear that displaces our faith and leaves us cowering before the unknown. And although I would not want to be described as having cowered, I have faced some struggles so high, and so wide, it seemed that the trial was all I could see – for miles. So what do we do when facing a problem that threatens to completely eclipse our line of sight? We close our eyes, and we remember.

We remember the time that we wanted to quit, and no one around us could understand why, or even how we still pressed on, but God…

We remember the day that having been steeped in the stench of our sin, we had finally come to understand how lost we were, and the consequences we rightly deserved, but God…

We remember how the doctors had solemnly offered their diagnosis, which time had only seemed to confirm, and then, God…

We call to mind the miracle that could never be explained, the bill that was suddenly and unexpectedly paid, the dream that came to pass, the opportunity that suddenly appeared, the death that ultimately resulted in life, the reconciliation and restoration that others didn’t foresee or understand, the against all odds experience that left others in utter awe and silence, and the loved one who was healed, saved, delivered – or all three.

And suddenly these memories cause the amazing to occur within our line of sight. Inexplicably, light breaks through the darkness of our circumstance. The mountain has not moved, yet, neither does it cast a shadow over our situation. Instead the mountain stands in the shadow of our great and awesome God. Suddenly He who is greater than the darkest night eclipses our problems. Fear fades as we are reminded that we serve a God who is greater than any circumstance we may face. As our fear melts away, we can walk in strengthened faith. This is important because, “without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)

If you are facing a mountain today I encourage you to pause, and breathe, and remember the battles in which God has shown Himself to be a great and awesome God. And if you are someone who can not recall ever experiencing the great and awesome power of God, I pray that He would infuse your life with God-encounters and so strengthen you for the battles that lie ahead.

For further study: Lamentations 3:19-27; Hebrews 11:1-6

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