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Seeds of the Kingdom

The view from the top of the mountain

by Roger Pook

When you bring the people out of Egypt, you and they will serve God on this mountain.
Exodus 3:12 NIV

What is it about mountains? From below they can be either a daunting challenge or else just part of a beautiful view, but once you’re at the top everything seems different.

Recently we took a short trip into Slovakia and visited the High Tatras. There we took a cable-car up onto Lomnicky Stit, the second highest peak. Below us in the valley the city of Poprad and other towns and villages were spread out like a map. It was a wonderful view.

When you look down from the top of a mountain, everything seems somehow simpler and in order. Seeing problems from above, rather than looking up to them from beneath, puts them into their proper perspective. No wonder the Bible has so much to say about mountains. We know that Heaven isn’t actually “up there” in a physical sense, but it’s still easy to feel closer to God at the top of a mountain.

There are other ways to climb a mountain than visiting a mountainous country. We can climb in the spirit, through Bible-reading and prayer, concentrating on the way up until we start to see things from God’s perspective. Then our problems get back into order – and we can begin to enjoy the wonderful view!

Prayer: Dear Father, show me how I can climb Your holy mountain so that I can worship You there! Amen.

Roger Pook For 21 years Roger Pook and his wife Christine served in Central and Eastern Europe, based in Hungary at the Úr Rétje centre of Ellel Ministries. From there they travelled and ministered across the length and breadth of the former communist world. In 2018 Roger retired as Regional Director and they now live back in the UK, where Roger still serves on the Executive Leadership and as a trustee of The Christian Trust. They still travel for the Kingdom!

 

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