Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.
Mountains are the difficult situations we face in our lives.
'I don't know how to do this.' 'My family is against it.' 'I can't find an agent.'
I have done my share of screaming among the tombs and mountains in my life. I even know desperate people who have, in fact, cut themselves in symbolic protest against the agony of their lives.
Jesus tells us we can move our mountains (solve our problems) with faith. 'For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you' (Matthew 17:20).
If mountain climbing requires muscle, mountain moving requires faith. If building muscle comes from resistance exercises, building faith comes from applying the Word of God to the resistant problems in your life.
Some of us consider ourselves problem solvers; we move in a flurry of activity to solve a problem, only to run into another, and then another. We forget about God in our whirlwind of hustle, believing we must climb every mountain (or move it) in our own strength.
Others among us consider our problems too big to solve, and we make permanent residence in their shadows.
Sooner or later, we discover that screaming among a mountain of problems will not move them, nor will grumbling in their shadow move us.
Instead, God invites us to speak His power-filled words to the mountains looming before us. Soon enough, a path is found. As our faith increases, the mountains disappear entirely.
Even the seemingly impossible hike through the hills of Hollywood.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.