“The Lord our God said to us in Horeb, You have dwelt long enough on this mountain.” Deuteronomy 1:6
Joyce Meyer mentions this verse in her book, Battlefield of the Mind, and it got me to thinking. There are certainly times in our lives when I believe God is telling us just as He told the Israelites, “You’ve stayed here too long!” We tend to get complacent in our daily lives. Our actions become mundane, and our spirit seems to settle into sleep mode. We are accustomed to our routines and we are perpetually moving in “chill” mode. Sometimes in doing so we get too relaxed, too accustomed, too stagnant and we tend to get stuck. Stuck in the same mindset, stuck around the same people, stuck doing the same stuff day in and day out. The freshness, the excitement – the passion dissipates and we’re left dwelling on the side of our mountains too long!
We serve an exciting God! We serve a passionate God! We serve a God that loves us with fervor and commitment. Yet, somehow we seem to give Him the same ‘ole, same ‘ole every day. The same ‘ole prayers, the same ‘ole ‘thank you Jesus'”, the same old “when I get to it mentality”. If you find yourself stuck on the side of your mountain – You have dwelt there long enough. It’s now time to journey on. Get over the past, stop holding others hostage about what they’ve done to you, stop putting God on the bottom of your “to-do” list. Stop being stuck!!! You’ve been that way too long! You serve a God that wants you to experience His fullness. My favorite saying for the rest of the year is this: God has something special just for YOU to do – no one else can do it – it’s your assignment – but you’ve got to do it! If you don’t do it – you won’t fulfill your purpose.”
Whatever mountain you’re stalling behind, ducking behind, holding onto – you’ve been dwelling there too long, move on – get past the mountain. Better yet, tell that mountain to get out of your way!