Yesterday at Asbury, I preached about baptism, our promises to God in baptism, and God’s promises to us in baptism. Baptism is extremely powerful, holy, and sacred moment in our lives. It is a profound moment, a moment that we need to always remember, a moment that really defines God’s love for us.
It can be what is called a mountaintop experience. A time when we really feel God’s power.
Mountaintops are great. They are awesome. They are holy.
But, here’s the thing. They don’t last forever.
Listen to what happens to Jesus, after His baptism, in Matthew 4:1-4:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
After the mountaintop, reality sets back in. There are still problems.
There are still worries.
There are still challenges.
There are still problems.
We can’t stay on the mountain forever. There are things that we must do. Challenges we must face. Battles we must fight. Tests that remain.
But, remember this. The God that is God on the mountaintop is the same God that is God in the valley. He is God in the midst of the storm. He is God in the midst of the test.
He is God in the midst of the trial.
And He will not let you go.
No matter what. You can trust Him.
On the mountain or in the valley. He is God. And you can trust.
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