"When I felt secure, I said, 'I will never be shaken.' Lord, when You favored me, You made my royal mountain stand firm; but when You hid Your face, I was dismayed."
Have you ever been walking on the clouds, on that spiritual high, and cannot fathom that you would struggle with faith issues ever again? You have that "feeling" that you have just spent 40 days on the mountain with the Lord like Moses did, and you know Him with a nearness that you have never experienced. Yes, it is an amazing blessing that the Lord allows the mountaintops. But may we never forget the blessing of His allowance of the valleys.
I love how the verse above puts it. It's true that when we feel secure in our faith - when we sense the Lord's nearness and favor in our lives - we have the boldness to proclaim that we will never be shaken. Then, there comes the moment when the Lord hides His face. I don't know about you, but I am like the psalmist...I am dismayed.
I love when a Scripture connects to another, giving more weight to the ink that is writing the Word on my heart. Think about Job for a moment. He was secure in the blessings of God. He was righteous, and he had everything going for him as far as prosperity was concerned. Then the Lord allowed the mountaintop to become a deep valley of pain and loss. He was dismayed.
While he faced his trial with courage and integrity, we do see through multiple chapters that he dealt with the "why's" and bitterness that we all experience in the valley.
I challenge you today - whether you are on the mountaintop or in a place that you cannot even look up high enough to see one - remember that weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Remember that the same God whom you feel near in the heights is the same God leading you through the valley...whether you feel Him or not.
Father, I love You...even in the times when You hide Your face. I want to keep worshipping You regardless of whether I feel You or not. You are still and always will be God. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Psalm 30, Job 1-42