Have you ever been in that place when, whatever can go wrong, does. Events can happen in our lives that leave us swimming in sorrow. We are fighting against the current. We don’t know where to turn to go back into our worlds where peace once reigned.
I was reminded of these thoughts this week as my mother and I enjoyed a few days in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Every morning and evening we sat on the porch of our cabin watching the sun rise and set again. Our view was spectacular, stretching out across a range of mountain tops as far as we could see. The beauty was breathtaking.
Often as I gazed upon these magnificent mountains, I thought how mighty they are; how strong they stand, how immovable they appear. It was easy to think, if we humans had the strength of a mountain, how strong we would be, too. But no, that thought was incorrect. It’s not the strength of a mountain or anything else that our eyes can see. It’s the strength of the One who made the mountains.
Isaiah 54:10 tells us, “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken, says the Lord, who has mercy upon you.” Isn’t that a lovely reminder of the One who gives us the strength we need, when we need it. In this same passage, God goes on to declare, “Oh storm battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you.” What a promise from our God who does not lie! When we are broken, He is able and desiring to rebuild us.
Are you so troubled today that you see no way out of your pain and predicament? Are the events in your life towering above you, mightier than a mountain? Remember, it’s not the mountain of problem that is stronger than you; it’s the One who controls all the events in our lives. It is our powerful God who promises in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”
Today, if you are being crushed by a mountain of affliction, don’t stare at the trouble; look to the One who is stronger than what troubles you.