You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain, the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode, the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established. – Exodus 15:17
My husband and I had the privilege of retiring to the mountains two years ago. We had both lived in the fairly flat Midwest all of our lives and were ready for a change. The mountains called and we came.
Over time, I’ve realized how important the mountains seem to be to God. It was on a mountain that Abraham offered Isaac and later on that same mount where the Temple was built and the people of Israel (and others who would join them) worshiped God.
It was on a mountain that the law was given to Moses, including the Ten Commandments that have been the foundation of laws in many countries today.
It was on a mountain that Elijah, standing in a cleft of the rock, heard God’s quiet voice speaking to him.
It was on a mountain that Jesus taught his followers in the greatest sermon ever given.
On a high mountain in Israel, Peter, James, and John witnessed Jesus in all his glory as he talked with Moses and Elijah.
And, of course, it was on Mount Calvary that Jesus was crucified for the sins of us all.
Why a mountain? Maybe ascending to the height of the mountain is the farthest we can get from the distractions of this world, the concerns of this life. Whether on a mountain or in a quiet room, getting away to get nearer to God – to hear His voice, to see His glory, and to receive his instruction may be the finest thing we can do today.
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake