Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. So, Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” (Joshua 14:7,9,12)
Generally, the feature of the mountain includes fearsome and physical intimidating height, huge intimidating appearance, physical immobility, and obvious dangerous sharp steep slopes. Usually, mountains exhibit the portrait of hindrance. Most of the road construction engineers always avoid building the roads through the mountain because of unforeseeable geological problems that may occur that can damage the road construction. In addition, it is not cost effective to build road through mountain. The manual labor and the cost of breaking down the rocks and stone and clearing the debris would be astronomically expensive. People generally always avoid anything that constitute mountains. The Anakims in the Bible were considered hindering mountains and that was why the majority of the twelve appointed Israelites spies to spy the Land of Canaan concluded and reported back to Moses, that they could not overcome the people and possess their inheritance. “Nevertheless, the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. “… We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” (Numbers 13:28-29, 31)
Regardless of the general negativity of hindrance that mountain portray, its positive sides include being a protective natural fortress for people dwelling in the mountain. It also provides clear view of its surroundings for the people standing on the mountain to forestall and perhaps engage in pre-emptive preparation against the attacking intruders. Some mountains contain precious stones and other earthly treasures. In all nations all over the world, gigantic satellite disc and sophisticated information gadgets are always installed on the high mountains. People generally do not climb mountain for fun. One thing is certain, only the brave and committed people can overcome mountains and only the people with purposeful intentions would overcome and able to unearth the abundance of blessings and treasures of the mountain.
As a leader of his tribe, Caleb purposed in his mind thoughtfully, before he faithfully requested for the mountain as the inheritance of his tribe. He did not request for plain grass land for cattle rearing, which was the major predominant business of his time. He did not request for fertile ground for farming wheat and corn. Among other things, Caleb was only guided by the recollected history of their journey, the prophetic utterance of the man of God Moses, and he faithfully and boldly requested for the mountain. To compound the oddity and difficulty that surrounded the mountain inheritance, the location was the dwelling place of the Anakites the giants. This means the ancient tribe of Judah will not be able to accomplish the possession of their inheritance on the mountain unless the giants dwelling there were overcome in battle. But Caleb understood the principle of faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders [the patriarchs] obtained a good report.” (Hebrew 11:1-2) That was why he requested for mountain as the inheritance of his tribe. Caleb did not know at the time of his request that Hebron, the name of mountainous region, will become the choicest real estate in the whole world—Jerusalem, the city of David, which is now the capital city of the nation of Israel.
David was in the list of people that purposefully chose to overcome a hindering mountain. He unilaterally chose to fight Goliath, the giant of the Philistines. He did everything to persuasively convince King Saul that he was capable to overcome the mountain of reproach against the Israelites and defeat the giant. “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” (1 Samuel 17:32-37) David cladded himself with the whole armor of God. He equipped himself with the word of God and confidently, in the strength of the word he stepped into the battle line against Goliath. “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)
Zerubbabel was guided by prophetic utterance from the Angel of God about how he could overcome the mountain in his ministry. Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.” (Zechariah 4:5-9)
My Pastor once said, when you are advancing in the roller-coaster of God-pleasing faith to overcome your mountain, you must do everything to avoid and disregard 3-Ss. You must disregard intimidating sight, You must not give hear to harassing sound and you must not pay attention to an unholy speech. Like mountain, intimidating sight of a giant is to create hindrance of fear. The clanging of the swords and booming sound of the giant’s weapons is to shake your confidence. The discouraging statements, the unholy ranting speech, and incantations of the ungodly is only a demonstration of false authority to shake your faith in the Lord. The scripture says “… greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) Like David, equip yourself in the strength of the word of God as you step into the battle line against the intimidating giant. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11) Clad yourself with garment of faith. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Ephesians 6:16) That was how David in the Bible prepared himself before he faced the mountainous battle with the giant in the valley of Elah.
Are you facing an overwhelming mountain in your Christian ministry? Like Caleb do not be afraid. By faith Moses encouraged the people of God. “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14) He cried Abba Father when he encountered the Egyptians at the Red Sea. God granted him unprecedented victory. God parted the Red Sea to save His people, but the Egyptian warriors and charioteers perished in the sea. Therefore, arise beloved and confront your mountain by faith in the strength of the word of God you will overcome it. Perhaps subjects like mathematics and other science related subject may be constituting mountain in your high school academic pursuit, make up your mind to confront the mountain faithfully you will overcome the mountain, and more doors of opportunity in academic excellency will be open to you in future. Perhaps those professional license examinations are constituting mountainous problems, and you need these coveted licenses in your professional carrier to advance. Confront the mountain by faith and you will overcome victoriously.
With a purposeful mind of victory over the obstacles, the overcomers of mountains always confront their fears with faith as they address their mountains with their God-given strength and abilities. Seeking the face of God for wisdom and understanding of the word of God is not old-fashioned because this is what the Lord says concerning this laudable thought: “The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10) If you can incorporate God in confronting the mountains of your lives, the Lord will give you wisdom, understanding and power to overcome all your difficult mountainous endeavors. “Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:21) Faith in the Lord does not require your ability, it only needs your availability. If you are available in the Lord and make a faithful move today, your mountain will shift its base and you will have reason to glorify God.
Prayer: Oh Merciful Father, I humbly pitch my tent under the canopy of Your mercy. You are my Creator and the mountains of my life are not higher than You. Help me, O Father to possess courage to confront the mountains, endow me with the needed faith, power and ability to overcome these mountainous issues of my life in order to attain purpose of my creation for your glory in Jesus name, Amen.