“The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys.” -Psalm 104:18 (NIV)
Mountains have forever served as natural fortresses for both animals and humans alike. Their tall peaks and rugged landscapes have created sanctuaries and strong defenses for those who look to them for shelter. Wild goats and coneys are safe from predators when they seek refuge in the hills. The advance of armies can be stopped and repelled by those resisting from the safety of mountain heights. Even with technological advancements in flight and travel, traversing a mountain range is a difficult task. To do so is a costly endeavor in more ways than one and that is why mountains are always looked upon as being a place where one is assured protection and security. They are near impregnable barriers which no one will be able to overcome easily.
Where do we run to when disaster strikes and when trial come along our way? Frightened and looking for sanctuary, we search everywhere for that place where we can find rest. But often times we turn to the wrong things in our pursuit. Convinced that these can be our fortresses in times of trouble, they soon prove to be easy to crumble and fall. This leaves in disillusionment, and in our despair we cry out asking if there is any place where we can run to in our distress. But there is! God is all-powerful and eternal. Nothing will be able to shake Him or stop Him from carrying out His perfect will. When we have our relationship with Him restored by allowing Christ’s Spirit to enter our hearts, we will be able to take refuge in Him knowing that in Him we have victory. Living under His providence and faithfulness we will know that even in the most desperate and darkest of moments, Christ always has the final word. He will preserve and protect us while using our sufferings to restore us and fulfill His great purposes for our lives. Will we trust Him with our lives today?
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.