Morning Devotion 21 March 2014
Written 21 March 2014
I was driving to work this morning when the song, “Only a Mountain,” by Jason Castro came on the radio. It made me think of the memory verse, in my online Bible study group, Made to Crave-Action Plan by Lysa TerKuerst.
You have circled this mountain long enough, now turn North…” (Deut. 2:3)
The chorus in this song says, “This is only a mountain, tell it to move, it will move, tell it to fall, it will fall.”
Did you catch that?? He said, “This is ONLY a mountain.” Ummm, excuse me Jason, I don’t know where you are from, but where I live the mountains are pretty huge and wide. I cannot even imagine telling one on them to move or fall. The mountains are not like a little anthill, that you can easy kick out the way. I do not think Superman, with all of his superhuman strength, can move one of these mountains on his own.
This is how it is when we look at our problems in the natural, they seem impossible to overcome. So, we keep circling them, wondering when will these mountains ever fall. The mountain of debt, the conflict in our marriage mountain, the kids misbehaving mountain, the stress mountain, and the list goes on and on. These mountains can often lead us to bad habits to help us cope, but these habits also “add fuel to the fire;” Bad day at work, I will go shopping to make myself feel better, which adds to the debt mountain. Argument with my spouse, I will go have a BIG piece of chocolate cake to make myself feel better, which adds to my already growing weight issue. Passed up for a promotion at work, I will drown my sorrows in alcohol, which can add to health issues.
The Israelites faced doubts and fears, as well, which left them wondering around in the wilderness for 40 years because they did not trust God, and kept disobeying His commands. They did not believe He was big enough or strong enough to help them. They stayed focused on how big their enemy was, instead of how big God is.
The name of the mount the Israelites, circled was Mount Seir. Mount Seir was on the border of Canaan, the Promise land. According to HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, it is believed the word Seir comes from the unused Hebrew root (s’r). The curious verb form of this word is (sa’ar), which means “to be very afraid.”
Wow! Mount “Very Afraid” doesn’t that sound like what the Israelites was and what we are when we look at our problems?? The mountain of fear stood in the way of them reaching the promise of God. “You have circled (keep making the same mistakes, trying the same techniques over and over and over…) this mountain (problems, fears, etc.) long enough, now turn North (time to try something new, look to God)…” (Deut. 2:3) Do you know that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is called, INSANITY??? Fear and insanity are not a promise of God, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. And one of those powers is, like the song says, the power to move mountains…
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (Matt 17:20 MSG)
What mountains are you tired of circling and allowing to come between you and the promises of God? When we begin to look at things from God’s perspective, then we too can say,” This is ONLY a mountain.” There is nothing too hard for our God. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ever ask or imagine. (Eph 3:20-21) Take God seriously, follow the instructions God has given you, and watch Him move mighty on your behalf, but you have to have faith. As Steven Furtick said, “if we do the natural, God will do the super.”
Father God, Please forgive me for making you to small in my life. I am tired on making the same mistakes over and over again. I am ready to turn North. I will follow the instructions you give me to move mountains out of my way and go in and possess the land you have promised me flowing with milk and honey. In Jesus Name, Amen.
3 thoughts on “This is Only a Mountain”
Wow, What a revelation about the meaning of “Seir”. Absolutely nothing in God’s Word is without meaning! Time to move that mountain of fear with faith in the God that can move our Mt’s of fear far, far away! Hope you keep on blogging-this was wonderful!!
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
This was timely for me to read. Just had a fight with my parents. Thanks for the reminder that this is ONLY a mountain. I need to follow God and stop worrying about pleasing my parents. Thanks!