Coming Down the Mountain

A few years ago after a time of fasting and prayer, I wrote this in my journal.

Oh, God, as I am descending this mountain, I was feeling, yes, less than on the mountaintop and then I read Oswald Chambers devotional for October 1 and I knew it was for me. 
Forgive my spiritual selfishness of wanting to stay on the mountaintop instead of operating in the valley.

"Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a great snare in asking "What is the use of it?" They are meant for something in God's purpose."--Oswald Chambers

So, God, today help me to be content in whatsoever state I find myself--whether on the mountaintop, coming down, going up, or in the valley--Teach me to live victoriously wherever you place me.

 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. 
Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.   
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.   
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.   
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:10-13

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Nancy said…
I know what you are talking about for I love spending time on the mountain but I know He takes me to the mountain to teach me something I need to know in the valley...I call the mountain time refreshment time and valley time is being used time....both necessary for a balanced life where He can use us whenever He chooses....

Thanks for the reminder of being content in whatever circumstances we find ourselves....
Dianne said…
Hey Nancy,

Yes, I think you are right--after I really thought about it, I didn't totally agree with Oswald about what he said--I think that's a first for me

cause I love his writings and teachings--God taught Moses on the mount and gave him stuff he really needed in the valley so I definitely think you are right.

Thanks for stopping by.
Anita Johnson said…
Another great post and quote from Oswald Chambers. Thank you....
Debbie said…
I relate to this so much, and I have been guilty of trying to bring the mountain down with me. I love (always love) the redirection of Chambers here. Funny thing we fleshy humans are, aren't we? We can even manage turn try to make the mountain all about us. Sigh... pressing forward... pressing forward.
Susy said…
A beautiful reminder to be content in every situation. I think it's easier now that I'm older (:
Nava said…
Dianne--I just posted my photo TODAY of the valley close to the house--I love my valley down the hill where the cows are and I can photography their shadows in the pond--but I have to admit--I am a sissy when it comes to being in the valley in my spiritual life. Nava
Dianne said…
I thought that was so interesting, Nava, that we both spoke of "the valley."

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