Text for Today – Micah 4:2 – Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Let’s begin today by making a defining Biblical difference in the purpose of the mountain and the valley, besides their obvious geographic and geological differences. Generally speaking, it could be said that the mountain is where the battle plan is given, and the valley is where the battle is fought. This next statement is obvious. If you haven’t been to the mountain to get the battle plan, it’s not likely you will win the battle when you go to the valley. Yes, I know the lily grows in the valley, but it was the valley where David met Goliath.
Look at the Biblical tradition, and please mark that I said, Biblical tradition. How often did Jesus go to the mountain to pray before entering into the conflict for the multitudes in the “valley of decision?” Moses went to the mountain to get the Law, but the battles he oversaw were in the valleys below him while he sat on a rock. (What a Biblical picture!) Keep in mind that the mountain is for direction and the valley is for experience. If you don’t get divine direction, what is the likelihood that you will receive divine experience? Remember, if your experience is not in line with God’s Word, what He has declared to be His will, then go to the mountain, my friend, go to the mountain.
The mountain is the place of learning, or as the Scriptures have called it, ”the munitions of the rocks.” That’s where you get the rocks of revelation you will need to overcome the enemy in the valley. The valley is the place of application for what you received in the mountain. It is the mountain of vision that prepares you for the valley of ministry. So, my friend, take time each day to go to the mountain of the Lord, invest time with Him, hear from Him, and then go, walk in His ways, speak His Word, and defeat every enemy you encounter in the valley of your daily labor, including those in the “valley of the shadow of death.” And one more thing. God’s house (that’s you) was built as a mountain dwelling. That means that while you work in the valley, you LIVE in the mountain.
Manna for Today – Matthew 14:23; Joel 3:14; Exodus 19; Isaiah 33:16; Psalm 23