The Mountain or Me?
We often expect God to answer our prayers and to move our mountains....and when that doesn't happen, we can begin to have doubts, and lose faith.
There are Bible verses that say that if we have faith, God will move our mountains, so if our mountain remains there, does that suggest our faith is not strong enough?
What if those mountains are there to help us change ourselves? Or more importantly, for God to change us?
TD Jakes said: "God isn't trying to change your mountain. He's using your mountain to change you."
This challenging quote also brings to mind the words of a song:
When you don’t move the mountains I’m needing you to move When you don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through When you don’t give the answers As I cry out to you I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you.
– "Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle
So we may need to wait, or to change ourselves, or to change our plans, or our expectations. Maybe we need to examine the mountain, and then examine ourselves.
Dealing with uncertainty and lack of change can be hard. What we can be sure of, is that waiting on God builds patience, and it encourages us to trust. It helps us to challenge ourselves. Is the mountain really the problem? Are our plans in line with what God wants for us? Are the things in our way really barriers, or something to work with? Is that mountain something we need to face, instead of praying it will simply go away?
Are we expecting God to do all the heavy lifting, and to make things easy for us? Shouldn't we expect to do some work ourselves? Could our character use a bit of a challenge?
Don't be discouraged when your mountain seems to be unchanged, and you're stuck. There's more than one way to become unstuck.