Duration: 365 days
FEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN
Today’s Bible Reading: Matthew 17:1–13
In the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the peaks of more than 50 mountains exceed 14,000 feet above sea level. While some people set the challenging goal of climbing every “Fourteener,” others settle for a drive to the top of two of these mountains, Pikes Peak and Mount Evans. However, no matter how they get to one of these mountaintops, people can enjoy a view from the summit that brings new meaning to the claim that “on a clear day, you can see forever!”
Imagine hiking up a mountain with Jesus, but instead of a distant, scenic view you see the Son of God in his dazzling, eternal glory! That’s exactly what happened during the “mountaintop experience” of Peter, James and John. Theologians use the term “Jesus’ transfiguration” to describe what the disciples witnessed.
How did they react? When these three disciples heard God’s voice booming from the bright cloud, they fell to the ground, terrified. How would you react to such an extraordinary event—seeing Jesus transfigured before your very eyes and hearing the voice of God with your own ears? Fear actually seems like a reasonable and natural response.
Just as important, how would you describe your current relationship with God? Does fear ever hold you back from getting close to him? Do you ever balk at “listening” to his Word because you fear what it commands you to do?
Jesus wants to say to you just what he told Peter, James and John: “Don’t be afraid.”
To Take Away
- What spiritual “mountaintop experiences” have you had?
- What fears hold you back from getting close to God? Why?
- When Jesus assures you with the words, “Don’t be afraid,” do you listen to him? What can you do to give yourself more fully to Jesus?
In Other Words
“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” —Augustine
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