Friday, November 18th, 2011
Who are you, O great mountain?
Zechariah 4:7 (NKJV)
Mountains are important in the Bible. They are mentioned 335 times. A godly mountain is a place of escape, retreat, meditation, and prayer. It is a place of fire, clouds, quakes, and trembling. It is an awe-inspiring peak to wait on God, to hear from God.
Yet, the wrong mountain can be a giant stumbling block. It's like the big bully that dares you to move. Goliath was such a mountain.
Upon seeing Goliath, King 'Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified' (1 Samuel 17:11). It took a small shepherd named David with a big heart for God to call him out: 'This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head' (v.46). David was basically saying, 'Who are you, big guy? You're no match for the Almighty God.'
In the Book of Zechariah, we are told to say to any 'great mountain,' bully, problem, or obstacle in the path God destines for us, 'You shall become a plain.' In other words, 'with the power of the Lord, I will flatten you. I'll make dust of you. You will cease to exist.'
Jesus further advises us to 'Shake the dust off' (Matthew 10:14) our feet and move on. We must move forward and not look back.
'No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62).
How many times have we dreaded doing something important, but when we finally did it, we realized it was no big deal? The mountain in our path is Satan's mirage. It's not even real. When we get close enough to face it down, it disappears. '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).
A godly mustard seed is larger than a mountain.