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CHAPLAINS DEVOTIONAL HE IS ALWAYS HERE



             

                                          Chaplain’s Corner

            Preachers Rock | HikeTheSouth
                                    (View from Preacher’s Rock)

One of the many things my wife and I love about living in north Georgia is being close to mountains.  My brother told me that we do not live in the mountains, but we can see them from our yard, and indeed we can.  We have a goal to see as many waterfalls as we can, even if it means climbing some amazing trails to get there.  As long as the LORD grants us strength, we will pursue this goal.

This past week we climbed a portion of Blood Mountain and were rewarded with an amazing vista at what is known as “Preacher’s Rock”.  Some legends say a local preacher would come here to practice his sermons and others would come to listen.  Others say it is so named because it would be a great place to serve as a pulpit to preach to those in the valley below.  As a preacher myself, I love either possibility, and I did in fact share a bit about “The Chosen”, our favorite TV show about Jesus and His disciples.

One of the reasons I love the mountains is because of the way mountains are portrayed in Scripture, Like Psalm 121:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

It is not that our help comes from the mountains, but that mountains are a picture of the strength, the majesty, the power of God.  Psalm 125 makes this clear:
Those who trust in the LORD as like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds His people.
from this time forth and forevermore.

I don’t know about you, but I need this assurance right now. It seems our world is shaking; things we once thought permanent are being challenged.  So, I look at our magnificent mountains.  They remind me of my unchanging God.  He never changes.  He is always here and always near.  My eyes and my soul find rest as I look on Him.
 

 

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