“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor My covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
Ah, the mountain-top experience. What we feel here, we wish we could remain in this moment and never let it go. This moment is a moment of insight which we have to live up to even when we do not feel like it. Many of us are no good for the everyday world when we are not on the mountaintop. Yet we must bring our everyday life up to the standard shown to us on the mountaintop while we were here.
Never allow a feeling that was awakened in you on the mountaintop to fade. Don’t place yourself on the shelf by thinking, “How cool to be in such a wonderful state of mind!” Act immediately— do something, even if your only reason to act is that you would rather not. If, during this week, God showed you something to do, don’t say, “I’ll do it when…”— just do it! Pick yourself up by the back of the neck and shake off your laziness. We must learn to live in the ordinary “gray” day according to what we saw on the mountain.
Don’t give up because you have been blocked and confused once— go after it again and again. Burn your bridges behind you, and stand committed to God by an act of your own will. Never change your decisions, but be sure to make your decisions in the light of what you saw and learned on the mountain. We are not the same as we were when we got here, we have been changed.
Change is a strange experience, strange in the sense that conversion of the soul can be confusing because we take a path never walked before.
While the old path leads back to the world, the new path leads into the wilderness, a place where change is sure to occur. In the wilderness, everything we know about God and ourselves will be redefined. Everything we thought true will be revealed for what it is. Nothing held sacred in the old life will survive in the wilderness.
Living apart from the world will make us an unusual society. We will be misunderstood by most, even by those who know us best. But, here’s the thing- abiding in Christ is the end-game for every believer even though at times we don’t feel it. To know He is real apart from how we feel is a sweet discovery.
In the wilderness, we learn to let go of yesterday and its problems, to claim today and its promises in Christ. And once we’ve experience Him, nothing in life will be able to hold our gaze and nothing less than His abiding presence will satisfy.