“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” – Micah 4:2
Sometimes, we need a mountain top. We need a place of rest. Rest from the world. Rest from busyness.
Even rest from our own thoughts.
So often, we walk with our eyes straight ahead, bent on our worldly tasks. However good or bad those tasks may be, they can hinder us from remembering our time with the Lord. The time that we need to stop, be silent, and reflect on Him.
Part of walking in the paths of God means taking a break from walking!!
If we want to walk with God, we first have to learn from Him. How can we learn if we do not sit under a teacher?
God’s desire is to speak to us, but we must make ourselves available and put ourselves in a position that allows Him to!
Elijah the prophet made himself available to God on the mountain:
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” – I Kings 19:11-12
The passage goes on to describes the instruction that God gave to Elijah through that still small voice.
How beautiful to know that although God can speak in many ways, he often speaks in a quiet whisper that we can only hear when we are silent before Him. Sometimes I have to put down the books, close the laptop, put away the research paper, and rest. Be silent. And NOT feel guilty for it! God desires that I come to him with my weariness and allow Him to refresh me.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2