Today’s Scripture: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Hebrews 12:2a

Edmund Hillary was one of the two men who first scaled Mt. Everest. On May 29, 1953, he and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese mountaineer, became the first to reach the summit of the tallest mountain on earth. He said, “Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down.” If we allow ourselves to focus on the difficulties that we are facing-the cliffs, sharp rocks, and other obstacles in our lives-we will never reach the precipice. We will never accomplish all that we could have.

Even more important is keeping an upward gaze in our spiritual lives. Sometimes we can’t see what God is doing in our lives. The clouds roll in, and shadows cover everything around us. It gets dark; we get discouraged and feel like turning back. We just see the mountains in our way, and we don’t know how we will ever be able to climb them. If we keep looking at all the mountains we must face, we will see that we are not able to overcome them, and we will lose hope.

That is why we can’t focus on the things we are facing. Rather, we need to focus on Christ. We need to turn around and look at another mountain-the one on which our Savior died. When we look at what He has done for us, we can be encouraged for the path ahead. He is the One Who can help us through our trials.

No matter how high the mountains seem, no matter how dark the path gets, nothing is too big for Him; He is still in control. If we keep our eyes on Him, the problems won’t seem so big because we have a Friend who knows how to conquer every mountain we face. If we follow Him, He will lead us through the mountain passes of life.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder