I love the mountains! I am always so grateful when we can make a trip across country to visit our daughter who lives in Oregon. You can usually see a mountain out most of her windows. How beautiful they are with their snowy tops peeking through the clouds!
I heard a lady speaking on the radio the other day, and her subject of “mountains” intrigued me. She was talking about the difference between Mount Sinai and Mount Calvary.
The Israelites had chosen not to go across the Jordan into the promise land as God had directed. This led them to have to bear the burdens of living in the desert surrounding Mouth Sinai. I’m sure they had many health problems, had to endure intense heat, and many other things that were not pleasant. They started thinking of the “good” things they had just left behind in Egypt instead of thinking about the horrible bondage they had been in. So, they grumbled and had Aaron make them a god, thinking this would make things better. They were tired of waiting on the true God Who was actually, at that time providing all they really needed.
There are times when I wonder if God is truly working on my behalf. And at times I look back at what I had before the days of chronic illness, and for a brief moment, wish I could go back there. But, when I really think about it in depth, there were so many things in my life back then that were a type of bondage, that I certainly wouldn’t want to go back. I don’t have to live in bondage anymore, and it is all because of a mountain called Calvary.
Much like the Israelites, I feel at times that I am wandering in a desert because of constantly having to live with so many health issues. But, God reminds me that I have a “Mount Calvary” to go to. The Israelites didn’t have the “hope” that Mount Calvary gives you and I. Jesus told us, “Cast your burdens on me for I care for you.” Instead of grumbling, we can now go directly to the Throne of God (unlike the Israelites who couldn’t go directly into the presence of God) and lay our cares and burdens down at Jesus feet.
On days when we feel we can bear no more, we can go to the mountain that gives us hope, rest, and one day will take away all sickness, pain, tears and more. When Jesus was so willing to give His all for us, how can we choose not to trust in Him, and rely on Him?
Mount Sinai played a big part in getting us to where we are on this day, but I am so grateful there is a Mount Calvary for us now! Calvary covers it all.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Mount Calvary, and for the promise it holds for us. Help us during times of difficulty to remember this blessed hope – and to choose the right mountain!
About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Dayton, Ohio. Each day is filled with many health issues, but she is so grateful to have her blessed Savior by her side to help her through whatever comes her way. She also is so thankful for all the wonderful things He still allows her to do and enjoy.