Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Get up to your mountain…
“When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!” (Genesis 19:17, NLT)
On the morning of 7 August Patti, our best friends, and I will get in our car and head for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For us it is not to escape the obliteration of our home town as was for Lot and his family instead for us it is a spiritual journey to spend some quality time with God in the Sanctuary of His Mountain Retreat.
In the bible Mountains are symbols rich with meanings. Mountains are symbols of power. Mountains are symbols of sanctuary. Mountains are symbols of timelessness. Mountains are rich in Peace. Mountains are the dwelling place of God. I remember on one of our many visits in the early morning I stepped out of our cabin and into the early thick morning mist, “Hey!” I said to myself, “I’m in the clouds.” Because of the dense fog there was complete silence except for gentle breeze blowing through the trees. Never in my life had I been that close to God, even now as I remember the experience I can feel His closeness.
Everyone needs to heed the words of the angel to Lot, “Run for your lives, escape to your mountain retreat.” It doesn’t need to be the Great Smoky Mountain National Park or another mountain for that matter. It only needs to be a place where you can be alone with God, a place where all the hustle and bustle of your busy life gives way to the silent presence of the One who loves you a zillion times more than you can ever imagine. A place when you return to the hustle and bustle you will be stronger, more sensitive, more divine, and more peaceful than the moment you arrived. You owe to Jesus, to your family, to your friends, to yourself, and to the world spend some time with God.
By the way, Lot worked it out with the angel to not escape to the mountains instead his Sanctuary was the small peaceful village of Zoar (which means little place). So find your Mountain Sanctuary or your Zoar because a better world comes one person at a time. And that one person is YOU!
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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