Spiritual growth is much like climbing a mountain. No vehicles allowed past a certain point – you must walk step by step, turn by turn. The climb is not always gradual; some stretches can be quite steep. Though parts are shaded, it can quickly turn to a sun-scorched barren trail. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see… Let us run with perseverance…Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” (Heb. 11:1; 12:1-2).
On the level stretches, it’s important to budget your energy for the upcoming steep inclines. Keep a supply of water. Stay close to the Lord and godly friends who encourage you to pace yourself and assure you the ranger station at the top has not moved. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:14-16).
Reaching the top will be worth it. You will forget that you stumbled on the sharp rocks, but will feel as if you have been carried on wings. “…how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Ex. 19:4). As you stand on the mountaintops of life, you will be reminded of God’s changeless, limitless majesty. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Phil. 4:6; Heb. 13:8). He walked each step with you, “I am with you always. Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5). Each mountaintop experience brings renewed strength and focus to continue the hike to know and trust Him more.
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