This is the second part of the New Year Word given to our group of churches.
Whilst some love to climb mountains and find the achievement exhilarating, it is not so in the spiritual world. Mountains are difficulties we meet that tower over us like unconquerable spiritual giants.
Perhaps you have a mountain in your life? Something that shadows you that you cannot overcome or see any way around it. For some, it could even be a lifelong mountain: a problem you have always had in your personality or a family situation that has hindered you all your days, and you cannot imagine life without it.
It could be a mountain of unforgiveness towards another or a mountain that you baulk at because of experiences or memories from the past. There seems to be no way forward, and you feel stuck. Whilst others seem to have moved on, you cannot see your way around this situation, and it feels like you have reached an impassable place.
And so it is to such a one, who may well have a mental block over difficulties in their life, that our Heavenly Father comes and says, “I will make my mountains into level paths for you.”
The impassable places WILL become passable. The mountains of unforgiveness will melt. The memories of the past will dim, and you will be able to move on and conquer your mountain of difficulty.
It is good to remember that He will make a way. It will not be of your making, nor of your efforts or energies. What is, at present, impossible will suddenly change in the spiritual world. You will no longer feel stuck or have a mental block about a situation. Your eyes will be on the dawn that breaks beyond the mountain, and, suddenly, it will no longer be the only thing that fills your vision.
It is tremendous when God does these things for us. The indescribable joy that floods the soul is immense. You realise that He, the Great God of Heaven, has deigned to come into your situation, reach into your tiny life and change things forever. Suddenly, the mountain has gone, and instead of the impossible is the possible and the probable.
He will make the mountains a way. Not only will the mountains become passable, He will make a level path for us to walk. There will be no stumbling blocks, no giants on it. The way will be level, and even though you may only be a small child, it will be a safe place to walk.
How good is our God! Not only does He make a way through the mountains, but He makes a level path for us. He allows us to walk in pleasant places and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
My mother, in her later years, struggled with her ability to walk, and she also had poor eyesight. If we went out for a short walk together, she spent the whole time looking at where she was putting her feet so she wouldn’t stumble. One day, when we were heading out, I suggested she take a wheelchair. What a difference it made for her. She could sit up, look around and enjoy the fabulous scenery and fresh air. It was an enormous benefit to us both, as I could relax knowing Mum was safe.
Imagine knowing the path is so level that you can walk safely, looking up and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, sharing in His praise and feasting your eyes on the King in His beauty.
What a difference from looking at the dark mountains looming ahead, wondering how on earth you will cope. Now you are rich, grateful to God for His goodness and able to come safely into a new place of praise and love with Him.
In 2024, you may have mountains of difficulties. Lift your eyes and begin to catch sight of the dawn behind! He will make a way where there is no way.