My Traveling Companion—Day 2
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”
It is only wise to look to the strong for strength and to look anywhere else but to God for strength would be vain.
How else can we make it except the Lord be our strength and help?
The writer says, “I will lift up mine eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?” The author was sure that no other support would suffice but that which came from above, high on top of the mountains.
Living fifteen years in Denver, I spent a lot of time in the mountains. Many hikes were taken in the valley where it would become dark early because of the sun being blocked by the peaks of the mountains. In the valley, there was not much of an advantage. I could not see many things because of the trees. If danger was near,it could easily hide from my view.
However, there is something about having the advantage of hiking along the tops of the mountains—I could see, and it was hard for bears or mountain lions to sneak behind me.
The writer of the devotional passage knew he did not have the advantage of having the high ground. Nevertheless, he knew someone that lived high up in the hills or mountain top who would keep him safe while traveling through the valley.
Someone once said, ‘the enemy works hard to keep us looking at our problems because to look up would encourage our hearts.’
Question: How hard is it for us to look up during our struggles? Or, do we devote a lot of attention to our problems?
So, our writer is confronted by the hills and mountains of the area. He knows there is no way to overcome them on his own.
As we meditate on this passage, I must share with you the strategic way that the writer presents this reading.
The hills are where pagan worship took place, but the writer says, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
Pagan gods were the creation of man’s hands. However, so that there would be no confusion, the writer says he is not looking for a man-made assistance, but to the one who created the hills or mountains.
Question: Do you trust something made by God rather than the God who made it? Or perhaps something made by a man?
As we close this devotional today, with the words of our writer let’s ponder this question: From whence comes your help?
Lord, it is so normal to place our trust in what we know, but help us to live with an unshakable faith in you, Amen.