A long time ago when I was much more fit, we would take the family camping in Yosemite Valley. We took long hikes on the trails toward the back county and high mountain peaks. The valley was always crowded with visitors to the park. But the further we hiked into the mountains the fewer people we met. One year, two of my sons and I hiked to the top of Unicorn Peak which is over 11,000 feet. For most of the hike, we were the only people to venture that high.
The closer to God we are, the fewer the people, yet the more wonderful is our experience. Moses took Joshua his assistant, up the mountain of God where “the glory of the Lord dwelt” (Exodus 24:12-18). This experience left such a mark on Joshua that later it is said of him that “Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” where the presence of God was (33:11).
I have often said to others that you will never desire after, sacrifice for, or pursue what you have never experienced. The value of God’s presence is so little understood and so little valued. Our American culture has created a type of busyness that does not make spending time in God’s presence a priority. If you are going to experience being with Him, you must sacrifice other things and discipline your time. The reward: God manifesting His glory and speaking His will!!
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