God vs. Man: Valleys vs. Bridges

Christians, God has a divine method and a strategy for everything.  He creates things in perfect order for the plans He has.  So when we look at the spiritual mountains in our lives, to see the purpose, we can look to physical mountains.  Have you ever climbed a mountain?  I can say that I have not physically climbed any, I have climbed some rather big hills, but a true mountain…no.  Why not?  Well, in the physical, it takes a lot of training, conditioning, preparation, time, energy, finances, etc to climb mountains.  Some people do it, others don’t.  

God’s creation of mountains can be a challenge to those who dare to climb them, and He challenges us with spiritual mountains as well.  There is a process.  You have to travel down the valley to get to the base of the mountain, climb the mountain, and reach the peak, enjoy your time there, and celebrate your accomplishment.  After a while there, you have to start the journey back down.  Most mountain climbers, once they realized they had the ability to go that high, seek a new mountain and begin the process to go there.  

As Christians, we climb spiritual mountains and we see the next peak and we expect bridges.  We have faith and hope in God knowing He desires what is best for us.  The problem lies with our definition of BEST, we tend to think that means “easiest”.  We want God to put a spiritual bridge between the last peak to the next peak.  We would appreciate it if it was made out of good solid wood, nice solid stairs, and a comfortable gradual slope.  How silly!  If this were common in nature, then EVERYONE could be a mountain climber. It would be way too easy, and it would not be something special, set apart for only those who prepared, trained, and endured.  

There are areas in this country where we have eliminated valleys and mountains.  Tunnels were cut through mountains and bridges were built over valleys, we get from one destination to another without going up or down mountains.  We cannot eliminate them in our spiritual lives.  Christians, we have 2 options.  We can either sit around at the peak of our last mountain, waiting, praying, complaining about the idea of heading back down through the valley to the base of another mountain and climbing that one. OR we can be bold, be confident in God to enable us to climb the next mountain. He will give us the strength, confidence, grace, and power to climb the next one and the next one after that.  The journey is inevitable, God uses these “climbs” to purify us in our hearts so we can become more like Him. If you do choose to resist, you are missing out on the greatest adventure ever, to become one with the Father.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)  From the mountain peaks, to the valley below, the Lord leads us where HE wants us to go.  I pray you have the boldness and strength to follow God through all the HIGHS and LOWS to get you exactly where you need to be in Him, to fulfill the plan and purpose God has laid before you, in Jesus name, Amen.

The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which You appointed for them.  Psalm 104: 8 (AMP)

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.  Psalm 23: 4 (AMP)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 (NIV)

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  I Peter 1:6-7 (NLT)

written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2016

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