“Now in my prosperity I said, ‘I shall never be moved.’ Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong.” Psalm 30:6-7
For a moment, think about your life as a mountain range. We are all climbing different mountains, whether it be growing up, finishing high school, starting college, graduating, choosing a career, even raising a family. Many try to cross these milestones by their own strength, but eventually, it will fail.
However, there is hope! Whatever God puts in front of you, that’s your mountain. And whatever the adventure is, if we are following His will, He will sustain us! HE will make our mountain stand strong. He promises us that He will make our paths straight and be with us every step of the way.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
In Joshua 14, the tribes of Israel were receiving their inheritance in the Promised Land of Canaan. Caleb, who was a faithful spy among those sent to investigate the land (Numbers 13; Joshua 14:7), was quickly approaching old age. Humbly reminding Joshua of his faithfulness in following the Lord, Caleb requested the allotment of land promised to him by God (Joshua 14:6-15). But it wasn’t just any land that he asked for. Caleb said in verse 12, “Now therefore give me this mountain [or hill country] of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” Even though Caleb was old and had been through so much, he wasn’t done climbing mountains! His inheritance of land was among the hills, but God still had other mountains in mind for Caleb to conquer. Though growing old, Caleb’s strength still held, and he was going to use it for God’s glory (verse 11- 12). Like Caleb, let us ever be pressing on toward our next mountain, even when we are seasoned in the climbing or simply grow exhausted.
“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
I want my mountain, whatever I am pursuing, to stand strong only by HIS strength. How about you?