There was the Mountain of Revelation, otherwise known as Mount Sinai, where God revealed Himself to Moses and delivered the Law containing the Ten Commandments. The lesson learned on this mountain is that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deut. 8:3).
Later on came the Mountain of Intercession. It was upon this nameless mountain Moses stood with arms raised interceding for the army of Israel as they battled the forces of Amalek. As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed. The lesson learned on this mountain is that the Church prevails by prayer.
The last mountain in Moses’ life may surprise you. It’s the Mountain of Disappointment. In Deuteronomy 34 Moses climbed to the top of Mount Pisgah where God showed him the land promised to Israel. Moses was forbidden to enter because of his disobedience concerning the water of Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13). Moses saw the land in the distance, but died having never stepped foot in the Promised Land.
I wonder how many hopes have died on some mountain of disappointment.
Amazingly, Moses’ story doesn’t end there. About 1,500 years later we find Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration located in the Promised Land (Matthew 17:1-1-3). Joining Him there on the mountain were Elijah and…….you guessed it, Moses! He made it! Not only did Moses make it, but he had the privilege of standing on the mountain with the Son of God.
Maybe you find yourself on some mountain of disappointment today. Be encouraged. The story of your life is still being written. Stay faithful. For as Moses learned, God’s disappointments in the end will prove to be a greater blessing.
Pastor Todd Weston