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GOD OF THE MOUNTAINS AND GOD OF THE RIVERS

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Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17b, NKJV)

In our younger days my wife and I loved to hike the mountains of Utah with our sons.

We were now ready to attempt the Angel’s Landing hike in Zion National Park. The trail contained switchbacks. We sweltered in the summer heat.  As we neared the peak, chains guarded us from falling thousands of feet to the park floor below. Navigating the precarious terrain, we prayed that the God who made the mountains would protect us. He helped me overcome my fear of heights. 

A few years earlier we had taken our sons to this same park. Our oldest son Tom slipped and nearly drowned in the Virgin River. Fortunately I rescued him before the situation became more treacherous. I praised the God who made the rivers. 

Elisha had even more spectacular experiences from the God who made the mountains and the rivers. When Elisha viewed the army on the mountains, God calmed his fears so he in turn could assure his servant that “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around” (2 Kings 6:15-17). 

On a previous occasion God had directed Elisha to tell Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan River. He did so and this Syrian leader was cured of his leprosy (2 Kings 5). 

These events show our Creator is God who acts in the mountains and in the rivers. 

God over mountains and God over rivers,

God over history, God who delivers,

Praise for the miracles in Elisha’s day,

And for deliverances we see today. 

Our God acts in the mountains and rivers of life. 

QUESTIONS

Read the Scriptures in 2 Kings 5 and 6:15-17 and share lessons learned. 

Which of the four events listed in this devotional would you consider a miracle? Why? 

Recount an event in your life when God guided you through a difficult time.