I will go before you and will level the mountains. (Isaiah 45:2)
You’ve probably heard it said that someone is “making a mountain out of a molehill.” The phrase refers to someone overreacting to some challenge in life, making it into much more than the minor issue that it actually is. I must confess that I became quite proficient at doing this over the years, losing much sleep over many insignificant molehills that I had turned into towering mountains. Well, today’s verse tells us that our God is in the business of doing the reverse: He can and will make a molehill out of any “mountain” that stands in our way, including those that are man-made.
When we look upon whatever mountain we believe is blocking our way, we must remember not to cry out to God to tell Him how big the mountain is. Rather, we are to cry out to the mountain and tell it just how big our God is! Jesus told His disciples that they did not need much faith — only faith the size of a mustard seed — to be able to cast mountains into the sea and far out of sight (Matthew 17:20). When we focus on our Master, rather than on whatever mountain that seems to be blocking our way, we can be assured that our God is going before us and is in the process of turning that mountain into level ground that we will stride over as if it had never existed.
Here is another word of encouragement from the prophet Isaiah that will keep us keeping on, no matter what difficult circumstances we are facing in life:
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low” (Isaiah 40:3-4).
What mountains are you facing in your life today . . . personally . . . professionally . . . relationally? Never forget, Christian, that God is in the business of laying low any mountain you may be facing . . . and, in the process, He is making you more and more like Jesus. When David went up against Goliath, the giant looked like an unmovable mountain to all of the Israelites, including King Saul. But to David, who looked up to God rather than out at Goliath, the giant was little more than a molehill that God would level out for His glory and the good of His people. What God did for David, He has promised to do for you. Look to Him, and watch your mountains disappear!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!