Devotion: The Lord Is Our Strength

“The Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19

I hate heights. They make me feel unsafe and insecure. One time, I was prepared to forfeit a weekend’s rent on a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains because I got lost driving on the mountain road. I did finally manage to make it to the cabin after the rental agent graciously offered to meet and let me follow her to the cabin. Even with this incentive, I was tempted to stay at the bottom of the mountain where I felt safe and secure and where my stomach was not turning flips on itself. The agent assured me it was an easy drive up a paved road—no big deal. So with a big gulp and (somewhat) steely determination, I got behind the wheel to journey up the mountain. When we finally made it up, the view was amazing! We were in the middle of beautiful trees with a direct view of another mountain. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in our cabin on the top of the mountain, but without help, I would have missed it.

Life is like that, isn’t it? It can be tough and scary and sometimes make our stomachs turn flips. It is hard. We just can’t do it alone. Left on our own, we are scared and frustrated and determined to stay at the bottom of the mountain, but if we rely on our guide, we can scale the highest mountains and enjoy the awesome views.

That is a beautiful platitude, right? It is not just empty words; it is what the Bible says: God is our strength. We were never meant to conquer our mountains alone. When you feel like you can’t overcome the stifling fear or the pain long enough to take even one step toward your mountain, much less scale it, you are right; you can’t do it. None of us can scale our mountains by ourselves. We need the Lord.

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