On the Mountaintop
Today’s scripture selection: Exodus 21-24
Key verses: Exodus 24:15-18
“When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
Mountaintops are beautiful places. And, according to a number of religions, they are also sacred places. Somehow it just makes sense that God and His people meet there, high above the strife of daily living.
Maybe that’s one reason so many have climbed up and up, over the rocks, beyond the obstacles, to reach the pinnacle of many a mountain.
According to tradition, it was on a mountaintop that a servant of God named Moses received the divine law by which his people were to live.
The Biblical story recounts how, once received, the people sometimes lived by that law – and many times didn’t. But whether or not they were faithful to the covenant they had with God didn’t change things. The law was sacred – holy – straight from the mountaintop to the people below.
It’s a great spiritual metaphor for our journey as well.
God’s law is God’s law. It doesn’t alter. It remains through the ages, as He does, holy and just. And we have the constant choice of whether or not we will align ourselves with its precepts.
When was the last time you were, spiritually speaking, on the “mountaintop”? When was the last time you spent some time in prayer with God quietly seeking His will?
Life down in the valley can be hard; confusing; tiring. Maybe it’s time to spend a little time with the God who can help you sort it all out – on the mountaintop.
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength and the desire to meet you frequently, on high, in prayer. AMEN.