Listening to the Father's Heart - September 4
Son, when I take you to the mountain to see and experience my glory, it is for your encouragement and inspiration, but you’ll not be able to remain there. However, you were made to live and establish your faith in the valley. It was said of my son Joseph that he endured hardship “til the word of the Lord proved him true" (Ps 105:19). His extended time in the valley proved his faith to the world. It was what gave him the authority to do what he did. Faith lived out in the ordinary mundane days of life is the reality that speaks to others who have yet to discover me and my love. Spiritual selfishness can drive you to desire only those times on the mountain. Life is not about avoiding pain or crisis; it’s about appropriating my grace in every circumstance of life. Beware of living for the next spiritual high; discover me and all I have for you in the valley. The work I do in you there will carry you through unstable times and give you a message for those around you. Drink from my spring in the valley so that you can be my voice on the mountain.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each one appears before God in Zion. Ps 84:6-7
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. Mark 9:2