February 2, 2022 –
Climbing the world’s tallest mountains presents both extreme physical and mental challenges.
In 1997 Jon Krakauer published “Into Thin Air.” He wrote about Mount Everest’s experience when eight climbers died after getting trapped in an unexpected storm. People magazine described the book as “A harrowing tale of high-altitude climbing perils, a story of terrible luck and worst judgment and heartbreaking heroism.”
While Mount Everest is almost five times higher than Mount Sinai, Scripture speaks of high-altitude climbing perils on Mount Sinai. Moses led the people out of Egypt, and God came down to the top of Mount Sinai and invited Moses to come to meet Him. At their summit meeting, God gave Moses the Ten Commandants for living a life pleasing to Him.
In Deuteronomy, chapter 19:18-20, we read: “Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord descended on it in the fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So, Moses went up.”
Krakauer climbed his mountain, and Moses climbed his mountain. God enables Christians to climb their mountain one step at a time. While it builds confidence and enjoyment, earning a solid relationship with God is the goal.
Can you say with Caleb (an Old Testament climber), “Give me my mountain; I’m prepared to climb?”