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On a recent trip to Colorado, I was struck by how many mountains I could see on the horizon. At one point I could see mountains literally in every direction I looked.

You have to understand, for Okies like me, mountains are harder to come by in our state. In other states, however, there are so many mountains that you cannot miss them.

The mountains, as a Bible theme, are also hard to miss. I recently read a post on the web that talked about some of the most important mountains in scripture.

In the Old Testament, there is Mount Ararat, where Noah’s ark rested after the flood. There is Mount Moriah, where Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, before God Himself provided the substitute. There is Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Lord.

In the New Testament there is the Sermon on the Mount. There is the Mount of Olives, where multiple events during Jesus’ earthly ministry took place. Finally, there is Mount Zion, an image of the city of God and of heaven itself.

However, not all mountains are positive. In fact, our personal problems can also look like mountains during our lifetime. They are so big that we can hardly notice anything else.

For some, a relationship problem could be your mountain. For others, it’s a culpable health issue or addiction. For still others, your mountain is a financial burden.

Whatever mountain is in front of you now, it may seem insurmountable. As many people have often noted, “the nearest mountain is the highest”. In other words, our current problems, although objectively less important than the previous ones, often seem the most important.

What do we do in these cases? The Bible tells us that we can and should turn to God in faith and prayer. Jesus said:Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to that mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you‘” (Matthew 17:20-21).

Whenever we have a mountain of problems in life, bring it to the Lord in prayer. Don’t face it alone. You can share your burden with a trusted Christian friend. Ask them to help you face this mountain. Finally, believe that God can and will move the mountain, in His perfect will and timing.

Renowned Christian author, Corrie Ten Boom, who was wrongfully imprisoned and later survived the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp, spoke of calling on God for help in difficult times. She said, “Perhaps when human effort has done its best and failed, (will) only the power of God be free to work.” That’s a big word from someone who’s braved more mountains than most of us.

In the end, all of this is easier said than done, because left to our own flesh and devices, we tend to cling to our problems instead of yielding them to the Lord. Yet when we learn to trust the Lord with the mountains we face, we will reach a spiritual pinnacle and a height we would never have seen otherwise. And this type of mountain view will be the best of all.

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