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Get Off the Mountain
by Jenny on January 7th, 2015

"The LORD told Moses, 'Quick! Go down the mountain! Your people whom you brought from the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.'" Exodus 32:7

Ever climbed to the top of a mountain? The ascent up any hillside usually proves challenging (its called gravity). But mountaintops provide us with such a unique perspective on our surroundings that the journey proves well worth the effort.

I've climbed two mountains. Well . . . I didn't actually climb the mountains. I rode up both mountains on a ski lift while participating in church-sponsored youth trips in high school.

The view from the top of those snow-covered mountains was breathtaking then, and is still quite memorable to me nearly twenty years later. Coming from the flat-land of Houston the view from the Colorado mountains provided me with scenery (and temperatures) I had never experienced. It was atop one of those mountains that the full effects of my sin came into view and I recognized my need for a Savior.

People describe mountaintop experiences as good things. Traveling half-way around the world or standing in a courtroom to receive an adoptive child. Participating in international missions. Receiving a new call, new life direction from God. How would you describe your mountaintop experience?

The joy, fulfillment and clarity brought about by mountaintop experiences beckon us to stay on the mountain. However, life is rarely sustainable on the mountaintop. The air proves too thin, environmental conditions too harsh. The majority of life is lived out in the valley.

Many times in the Old Testament God called Moses to meet with Him on the top of a mountain. Moses' mountaintop experiences proved so life-changing that his face would shine radiantly with the glory of the Lord. But God did not allow Moses to stay on top of the mountain. God told Moses in Exodus 32:7, "Quick! Go down the mountain! Your people whom you brought from the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves."

God used Moses' mountaintop experiences to equip Moses to lead God's people. Moses could not lead God's people from the mountaintop. Moses had to return to life in the valley with God's people so that he could lead them according to all God had revealed to him from the mountaintop.

I fully believe God allows every believer various mountaintop experiences in life.  Assuming we remain willing to follow God up the mountain, God will use those mountaintop experiences to speak to us, to equip us to return to life in the valley with His people. Though life seems more rich and fulfilling on top of the mountain, real life--sustainable life--is lived in the valley. Real life is lived as we mediate arguments between our children, as we cook for our family, as we clean our homes and our clothes.

Enjoy the mountaintop experience while it lasts. But then . . . get off the mountain. Let us return to the people God wants us to lead so that they will not dirty themselves with filth from our backyards or with the filth of the world.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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