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The Mountaintop Experience – Part 2

September 15, 2014 by

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A few days ago, I posted The Mountaintop Experience. If you haven’t read that, you can click here to do that. We’ll wait for you.

Welcome back for part 2. I almost didn’t post this because it is so short and sweet, but it was requested that I do, so I hope you are blessed by it.

If ye then be risen with Christ, set your hearts on things above, not on things on the earth.  ~Colossians 3:1

We need to look up with our eyes and with our hearts.  Whether we are stuck deep in the valley or we are on top of the mountain praising God, we need to look up.

We need to keep our eyes on our Savior.

Remember in the 14th chapter of Matthew when Jesus walked on the water towards the boat, held out His hand and asked Peter to walk to Him? Peter stepped out of the boat in faith and walked on the water towards Jesus. Scripture says:

“But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” ~Matt. 14:30-32

There is a lot of theology packed into those 3 short verses.

First, Peter became afraid and started to sink when he looked at the wind. He laid his eyes on his circumstances, not on his Savior.

Secondly, Jesus immediately stretched out His hand and caught him. While we cannot see His physical hand reaching out and catching us, His word teaches us that He is faithful to do just that. The wind and the waves will still come, but our Savior will not let us drown in them.

Lastly, Jesus rebukes Peter for his lack of faith and asks him why he doubts. Like Peter, we know who Jesus is and what He is capable of, and yet we still doubt.

And nothing causes us to doubt like time spent in the valley. But nothing should give us faith like our risen Lord and Savior.

So, take heart!

The valley won’t last forever. It may seem that way, but one day soon, we will be standing on the mountaintop with God. Only then will we look back on our valley experience and praise Him for it.

After all…

Heavenly Father, thank You that even though we must, at times, experience valleys in life, we can know that we are not alone. Help us to keep our eyes on our risen Lord and Savior and off of the waves and the wind. Help us to keep our eyes on the things above, not the things on earth. Thank you for Your word, Your promises, and the hope that we can find in You. We thank You and praise You for all that You are. In the holy and precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 

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6 Responses to The Mountaintop Experience – Part 2

  1. Rick

    What I find encouraging about that story is that Jesus did not walk out on the water and turn to Peter in the boat exclaiming, “see what I can do, now tell me about your faith”. He raised the faith bar and called him out upon the water to test his faith to walk with him, not just talk about it. I love talking about faith, but find that walking in faith is when it can get scary sometimes. I love your prayer Heather…that we may keep our eyes on our risen Lord and Savior and off the wind and the waves. It sure beats buying floaties!

    • Heather

      Very good point, Rick! I think this story is so important because it applies to our lives on a daily basis. Where we keep our eyes focused is the difference between walking and sinking.

    • Heather

      Know that you aren’t alone, Jen! It is so much easier to look at our circumstances than our Savior for some reason. I’m so glad this encouraged you. That is one of my main goals for this blog and for my life. Blessings to you and yours.

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