Jesus never promised us an easy life. He never said we wouldn’t live through trials and tribulations. But He did promise us faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). He commanded us to take heart for He has overcome the world, assuring us there is no amount of insecurity, pride, guilt, shame, or lack of finances too large for Him to move, if only we would have faith (John 16:33). But what if we’ve been asking God to move our mountains in a different way than He designed? What if we’ve been asking God to move our mountains out of our way, when God wants to move them out of our lives?
I believe God is calling us to have a new faith in how we command our mountains to move. God’s original intent for our journey was one of a single path, heading in one direction, for the sole purpose of arriving at one destination. I believe if we alter our perception of God as the mountain mover, we’ll experience a life with less detours and tough climbs - a life full of peaceful pathways towards His grace and blessings.
Change Your Sense of Direction
When we move large objects in order to get them out of our way we typically move them from left to right. When something obstructs our line of sight our tendency is to lean to either side for a better view. It’s not the vertical position which bothers us but rather the lateral position. The same seems to be true in regards to how we view our mountains. As we look down the path and seek the promises of God, as we abandon our homes and embrace the epic journey we call life, there are times we find ourselves at the base of a mountain hoping God will slide it like a curtain. We pray with an attitude of shoving the obstacles out of the way. It doesn’t matter where they go as long as they’re no longer in sight.
Our custom is to take hold of our mustard seed and ask God to shift the position of our mountain. We ask for God to move our anxiety, insecurity, and even our sometimes hard-headed boss to the left or right so we can arrive at our destination without having to march through the toughest of terrains. And while the word of God says, “faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains,” Isaiah prophesied a greater nature of how God is glorified when he said:
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed…” (40:3-5a)
Our God is the God who brings the valleys high and the mountains low. It is not when the mountain is moved from the north to the east that the fullness of His glory is revealed, but rather when the mountain is brought low and the valley is brought high. God’s glory is revealed when the obstacles which once seemed so large no longer exist.
He’s the God who abandons the lateral position and embraces the vertical. I believe He wants us to do the same thing. As we stand at the base of our mountains, questioning how we will ever climb our way to the peak and back down the other side, I believe God is calling us to tear them down vertically, rather than reposition them laterally. The result: the ground that once stood in our way becomes the ground we trample over as we reach the destination of God’s promises.
Eliminate Any Chance for Distraction
Asking God to bring our mountains low doesn’t just give way to an easier journey towards our new business, restored family, and/or greater purpose. Asking God to bring our mountains low eliminates any chance for distraction. If our mountain is merely moved from the north to the east, it still exists.
The enemy came to steal kill and destroy (John 10:10). Satan’s the one who places the mountains in our path to begin with; so if our mountain is merely relocated, the devil will do everything he can to steal our attention and place it back on what once stopped us from experiencing freedom, grace and mercy. If our mountain is moved from the north to the east, we’re still liberated from our brokenness, insecurities, and shame; in God’s faithfulness, our path is still cleared, making a way for His promises. But as the light shines over the peak of what once held us in bondage, Satan, knowing the mountain still exists, will try to steer our attention to the presence of its shadows. Commanding our mountains to be brought low will free our minds from having to battle with Satan’s tantalizing whispers, declaring we are still who we once were.
But what if there is more destruction lying behind the act of ‘relocating’ our mountains? As if it isn’t enough to combat the lying voices of the looming shadows of our past hindrances, what if moving our mountains from the north to the east had the potential to change our direction? If God’s promises lay behind the mountain to the north and the mountain is moved to the east, it’s safe to say God’s promises still lay in the north. Yet if the devil can not only get us to look towards the mountain, but get us to believe it is still obstructing the way to God’s plans and purpose for our lives, our feet will begin to take us towards the mountain. We’ll find ourselves walking east, away from the destination of God’s glory and grace in our lives.
If we call our mountains low instead of moving them to the side, we are able to freely and peacefully walk into the promises God set before us. Our lives will reflect the blessings and favor of God, while being free from distractions and detours. Commanding our mountains to fall establishes our life journey to be one of a single path, heading in one direction, for the sole purpose of arriving at one destination - the predestined location of God’s glory in lives.