A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Lord Will Provide”
When Isaac climbed Mount Moriah out of obedience to his father, he had no assurance that he would descend the mountain in the same way he ascended it. Yet, with blind obedience, Isaac put one foot in front of the next, believing in faith that God would provide an atoning sacrifice.
Thinking about Isaac climbing the mountain makes my knees weak. You see, I’m horribly terrified of heights. Always have been. Whether it’s leaning over the side of a stairwell, or climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I just get all sweaty and nervous. That’s why, when I was forced to climb Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy—the volcano that destroyed Pompeii—I barely made it to the top. If the Tower of Babel taught us anything, it’s that humans were not made to live in the heights.
Or were we?
Jesus once told His disciples, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move” (Matt. 17:20, HCSB). But God calls us not just to move mountains but also to climb them. Like Jesus, who hiked up a rock called Golgotha, all of us are called to follow Christ up the path to obedience—even if it leads to death.
There should have been 11 crosses on Calvary’s hill. The disciples had once argued who would be on Christ’s right and left (Matt. 20:21). Now was there opportunity! Now was their chance to be hung high above the ground. But as it turned out, the disciples were afraid of heights.
Pause and Reflect
• Have you ever felt that your faith isn’t large enough to move a molehill, much less a mountain? What spiritual disciplines can help to increase the capacity of your faith?
• In Colossians 3:2, Paul instructed believers to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Is this a call to neglect earthly responsibilities? If not, what is at the root of this instruction? In what ways do you practice this command?