I have a favorite T-shirt with the words from the famous explorer John Muir that reads, “The Mountains are calling and I must go!” I love the mountains because of their majestic beauty no matter what season of the year. To me the mountains are always full of mystery, always a new place’s to explore and full of surprises from sudden storms to stunning wildlife. I can’t remember a time where I have not left my wanderings in the mountains without being revived in the depths of my spirit.
One time I put together a series on famous mountains in the Bible. In this study I discovered that a lot of amazing things took place on mountains. Perhaps you remember Abraham’s hike of faith up Mount Moriah with his only son Isaac following God’s word to sacrifice this son of promise and God’s divine intervention with a ram in the bush. What about Moses on Mount Sinai where he received the 10 commandments and saw the backside of God’s glory and heard His voice.
One of my favorite mountain stories is Elijah on Mount Carmel where he faces off with 450 prophets of Baal and proves the power of the God of Israel; He alone is the LORD God of the nations. The greatest of all mountain scenes is when Jesus hiked up Mount Moriah, the same mountain Abraham did with his son, this time God the Father sends his beloved Son up the mountain with a cross on His back. That mountain changed everything bringing the Father’s love and forgiveness to sinners through His beloved Son.
If you read up on these mountain scenes you will notice each of these hikes demanded a radical trust in Father God. As a result the Father met each climber on these mountains with His glorious life transforming power. Over this last year I have heard the Father calling me to Mount Trust, a journey of radical trust beyond anything I had every experienced before. I’m still hiking and learning as I venture up this mysterious, scary, and yet exhilarating mountain. I’d like to invite you to join me on this climb for the next few weeks. Our guide up Mount Trust will be a text I memorized as a young boy and you may have as well:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
These 28 words have jumped off the page and into my heart these last several months and have helped me climb through the clouds of uncertainty to new vistas of the Father’s faithfulness and love. I pray the Holy Spirit will make this text alive for you as well in our journey up Mount Trust.