Reading Time: 7 minutesJesus wants to “make all His mountains a way…” [to His heart]. (Isa 49:11)
I go to the Scriptures for examples that I can follow in dealing with life, when my life gets hard to live. I noticed that The Bible does include others who somehow managed to believe under very hopeless circumstances. As Paul once stated:
“Under utterly hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed…” (Rom 4:18)
By taking that first step to hope, however small it might appear to be, it is actually a big step towards an epic journey. Hope frees one from being immobilized, gives us confidence that we can still take just one more step; one step better. And hope starts you on your way with added momentum. If you think you are not making enough progress fast enough, have you considered the following:
despise not the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10)
We are tempted to think that the mountains of our worst experiences are mountains we need to avoid. But did you know that Jesus is able to make all such “mountains,” a way to His heart, and for your own best good?
And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways shall be set on high. (Isa 49:11, MKJV)
Here, God promises: “I will make all my mountains a way, meaning, among other things — I will remove all obstructions out of the way. I will give you strength according to your day, according to your mountains in your personal experience:
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked places shall be made level, and the rough places smooth; and the glory of God shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of God has spoken. (Isa 40:4-5).
Isaiah’s book of comfort, written about 150 years before the time of Cyrus, promised the exiles from Judah that they would return to Jerusalem (Isa 40:1-2), where God would meet them in the form of the Suffering Servant (Isa 42:1-4)—the same One who would become a great King (Isa 7:14; Isa 9:6-7; Isa 11:1-5). The restoration after the Exile pointed to the coming of the Lord’s kingdom. In Isaiah’s prophecy, this first taste of salvation merges with predictions of the full salvation that Jesus Christ would bring. This kind of hope gives us what we need to rise above all of the biggest problems that we face. Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world,” so His return is “The Blessed Hope,” and that is why this text is close to my heart It means that God will take our biggest trials, questions, challenges,(the mountains), and make them all a way to His Heart! PTL! (see also Rom 8:28).
Pardoning mercy is a release from the curse of the law; from never being good enough, and renewing grace is a release from the dominion of sin: both are from Christ. He says to those in darkness, Show yourselves. Not only see, but be seen, to the glory of God, and your own comforts. Though there are difficulties in the way to heaven, yet the grace of God will carry us over them, and make even the mountains a way. This denotes the free invitations and the encouraging promises of the gospel, and the outpouring of the Spirit.
The fact that God makes His servant “a covenant of the people,” i.e., the personal bond which unites God’s people with Jesus in a new fellowship (see Isa 42:6), is the fruit of them being heard and helped. (Psalms 116:1)
Where, naturally, according to our thinking and ability, there could not be a way, on those pathless summits of the loftiest Alps, the Lord says, “I will make all my mountains a way,” God will make a way for you to abide in Him no matter what, and if you want Jesus to abide in you. (John 15:7). If you are willing to make a way for God, he will make a way for you; the gulf shall be bridged, the mountain shall be levelled. “And my highways shall be exalted.” (Isa 49:11)
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. -Vaclav Havel
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb 11:1,NIV)
It is such a hard thing to think about what will happen to our family members when we know we are going to die soon. “What will happen to them when I am gone?” I cant imagine what that feels like. But I know people who stood on the face of that “mountain.” My late wife did have that problem too. She was especially worried about her kids. I found it really painful to watch her go through that. I told her that it was OK to feel that way, to feel “inadequate” if you will for there is no one who can control everything and there are some things that we just have to leave to God. My wife and I had a prayer one night for her family members that she was worried about. It was almost like how some churches have a dedication ceremony for babies instead of a baptism, because some people think that baptism should only be for people old enough to think for themselves about such matters. But we had our prayer, and dedicated her loved ones to God, in a similar way, and since that night we did that, my wife was at peace with that part of her journey. She got the assurance that God would care for them after she was gone. Maybe you could do something similar? Find someone to pray about this kind of “mountain” with you, even invite the loved ones you are concerned about to join you?
As my loved one lay dying, I kept telling/assuring my wife that it was OK to not be OK, and that God knew her heart, and that Jesus would look after her every step of the way. Even “in the valley of the shadow of death.” THAT “mountain” is something that God can help us all with. Just as He helped my wife. If you are the one dying, it might be good to write a letter to each person while you are still able to, say whatever you want them to hear, and I am sure they would really appreciate that after you are gone. It is important to recognize that things you want to say to different people, have to be said, or put in writing, in a letter or card, while you can. I encouraged my wife to do that with her loved ones, and she was very happy to do that. It made her feel like her life work was done right. The important thing is to tell people whatever you need to tell them while you can. It might be hard, but as I said it was very rewarding for my wife, and I am sure it would be for you too. I had to write two letters for my wife while she dictated, so if you need someone to help you with anything, just tell someone you trust what you need to do.
I have encountered people who thought Jesus might be thinking that we maybe don’t trust Him, because we are concerned about our loved ones after we are gone. I hope you find the following thoughts helpful:
Jesus placed Mary, His Mother, in the care of John while He Was Dying He dedicated her.
John 19:27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple (John) took her to his own home.
Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family. He instructed John to care for His own Mother, Mary. Our families are precious gifts from God, and we should value and care for them under all circumstances. Even when dying. Neither Christian work nor key responsibilities in any job or position, or any other life circumstance is a reason for us to stop caring for our families. What can you do today to show your love to your family? Jesus asked his close friend John, the writer of this Gospel, to care for His own mother, Mary, whose husband, Joseph, must have been dead by this time. Why didn’t Jesus assign this task to his brothers? As the oldest son, Jesus entrusted his mother to the person who stayed with him at the cross—and that was John. Perhaps that person John was the only one who Jesus could trust? Because John was there through thick and thin for Jesus. When Jesus was dying, His last thoughts were for others. And it was love that made Mary brave enough to encounter the tragedy of that scene on Calvary. The sword, as Simeon had foretold, was piercing her soul, Luke 2:35. Jesus knew how lonely she would be. He had neither silver nor gold, but could at least secure her a home and tender care with John. As the cross was elevated but slightly from the ground, His words could easily reach the little group waiting there by the cross. He chose the title, Woman, rather than “Mother,” lest identification with Himself should bring her insult. And don’t forget that Jesus was even concerned for his persecutors, and prayed for them as He was dying. Thinking of others is OK if its done the way Jesus did it.
Do you have anyone who can help you organize some of the spiritual things you have need of? If you do, it might be a good idea to contact them. Maybe you could make a tape or a video for each loved one you are concerned about? They would really love that sort of thing I am sure. Sometimes, it helps a lot to look at how others have handled their mountains. I am reminded of Horatio Spafford who had planned a trip to Europe for his wife and family. And at the last minute, he had to remain home on business. So he sent his wife and children on ahead in a ship. His wife and their four daughters aged 18 months to 12 years old boarded a ship in 1873, but unfortunately the ship the boarded crashed with another boat off the coast of Newfoundland and all four children died in that accident. His wife was rescued somehow. She sent a telegram to her anxious husband “saved alone.” It is just so amazing how God made THAT mountain a way to His heart. There is one verse for the song that he wrote after this accident. The Song “It Is Well With My Soul” was penned by Spafford right after his children were lost. There is one stanza that some hymn books leave out. It reads as follows:
“Though Satan should buffetthough trials should comeLet this blest assurance controlThat Christ has regarded my helpless estateAnd has shed His own blood for my soul”
Here is a song that I think will speak volumes to your heart. My prayer partner and I have prayed for everyone suffering from cancer or other terminal diseases earlier tonight. If you want to be added to our prayer list, please let us know. You will stay on our prayer list for sure. Just give yourself to Jesus, as you are. (John 6:37). Jesus will take care of all that you cannot handle. He loves you with an everlasting love. (Jer 31:3) Jesus makes all His mountains a way!
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Eph 2:13, Isa 57:19)
Have you ever felt separate, excluded, hopeless? These verses are for you. No one is alienated from Christ’s love or from the body of believers. Jesus wants to make all His mountains a way. Through Jesus, we can Believe Under Utterly Hopeless Circumstances.