Sunday, October 25, 2009
Hope from the Hill
A dearly loved friend is struggling with station in life. On a drive into the country this afternoon Hilary and I were discussing the situation and wondering whether our Christ-directed comments to the person had been an encouragement or an untimely stumbling-block (There is a significant difference in this based on God's timing.)
I commented that perhaps our "mongrel" experience of finance, social connection, employment and Christian assembly had gotten in the way with this friend. But then, almost prophetically, I blurted to Hilary that "if we had possessed any commendable resilience at all it had come from the blessing of relatively good health, family and hope from the hill."
Hmmm. Hope from the hill. That's it! The sure-fire victory message, circumstances notwithstanding:
"1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand." (Psalm 121)
Kept by the Lord, in and through all circumstances. That has been our experience. Undeserving. Faltering. Inconsistent. Sometimes murmuring, envious or self-pitying. But ransomed and kept. Eternity is here now, and it awaits in greater measure, in the company of our Elder Brother, Jesus, and the multitude of redeemed (Revelation 7:9, 10)
Our God is the God of hills and mountains. He formed them (Isaiah 40:12). Fellowship with Him is on a holy hill (Psalm 15:1,2). His New Jerusalem is mountainous (Revelation 21:16). We have the assurance that he hears us out of His holy hill, and that therefore we may relax (Psalm 3:4,5).
Take a wander through a Bible concordance and the word "hill". See if you are not comforted and encouraged. Nothing else is like the assurance of Him for you forever!
Do you have this assurance? It is given, not earned. Ask, seek, knock. (Matthew 7:7)