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God, the Mountain One

God, the Mountain One
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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the Shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalms 91:1

Huascarán is the tallest mountain in Peru, and we literally dwell in the shadow of this 22,205 ft. peak. The only problem is that we haven’t actually seen the mountain for the past couple of months, due to a seemingly never-ending rainy season, accompanied by an overbearing cover of clouds and cold weather. We have to look back through our files of digital photos to remind ourselves that this awe-inspiring mountain really is there behind the clouds!

So I found it interesting this week in my devotional study of the names of God to read that the Hebrew name “El Shadday,” God Almighty, could literally be translated as “God, The Mountain One.” Interesting that God would choose to reveal Himself by this name at a time and place in history when many people worshipped mountain gods. But God wasn’t claiming to be the most powerful of the mountain gods; He was calling Himself “The ONE.” His people, both then and now, could know Him as the Almighty, The Mountain One who never changes, who is always there, even behind the clouds.

We can rest in His shadow even when it seems like we are on the road more than we are at home. We are dwelling in His shelter even though we often feel like the routine of daily life and work keeps us tied up in mundane tasks rather than doing “great things” for Him. And even when we aren’t in the middle of an exciting “mountaintop experience,” we can still testify to the fact that God really is The Mountain One, quietly standing behind us, just as we know that Huascarán is majestically standing behind the rainy season clouds.

Closing Prayer
Dear God, Thank you for reminding me that you are El Shadday, the Almighty, the Mountain One, every bit as real, as majestic, as strong, and as faithful as the mighty mountain that stands hidden behind the clouds. Thank you for being THE ONE in the midst of crazy days and too much activity, as well as in the moments when loneliness sets in. Please help me to dwell in your shelter and to rest in your shadow today. Amen.
Question for Reflection

How would you describe your current situation: - I'm in the middle of an exciting mountaintop experience! - I'm on the road more than I'm at home. - The routine of daily life is keeping me tied up in mundane tasks. - Or something else? What can you do to make sure you're dwelling in the shelter of the Almighty and resting in His shadow during this time?

Rachel McDonald Yanac
October 06, 2020

We're gearing up for a big mountain experience: celebrating the dedication of the entire Bible in the Huaylas Quechua language! But with all the excitement, busyness, and things that need to be planned and organized and prepared, it's so easy to start the day with the first job on my list and completely neglect spending time with THE ONE for whom we're doing all of this. Even though it means getting up earlier than everyone else, I'm trying to make it a priority to spend the first few moments of each day with God... and a cup of coffee! Because if I don't spend that time with Him, there's really no purpose in all of the "tasks" that I'm trying to accomplish.

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