by: Judy Nichols-Wilson
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Do you ever find yourself wondering how much more you can bear? In Numbers 13 God’s people chose to believe the negative about the Promised Land, though two of the spies said that it was possible to overtake the land. 40 years later God’s people possessed the land and divided it. The children of Judah reminded Joshua that the mountain was promised to them by God because their ancestor returned with positive news. The mountain was given to them.
We have mountains in life that are ours, and ours only. These mountains are challenges that we must overcome because God requires it. The challenges are meant to increase your maturity. One thing about mountains is that they tend to belong to ranges, meaning there are more mountains in the vicinity. How do you climb the mountains and claim the victory?
There is a child’s joke that asks, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is “One bite at a time.” The question here is, “How do you climb a mountain?” You must do so “One step at a time.”
Some of our challenges while climbing the mountain may involve life situations that bring us hardships. The hardships may be grief, addiction, financial issues, family issues, and yes, COVID-19. This climb can often be dangerous and if we are not aware, we can faint and abandon the climb by falling. Rather than give up, why not use the Rope (God) that is provided for you to steady your climb?
Components of the Rope that believers should use to strengthen their climb include thanksgiving, worship, love, prayer, faith, psalms, the Word of God, praises to God, and the list continues. What other parts of the Rope that strengthens you can you use during your hardship?
As you continue your climb, remember God will give you this mountain if you do not faint!