A DIFFICULT HILL                                                                  Psalm 110

He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.  He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head. (vv6-7)

High in a fold of Jughandle Peak in the mountains north of our home in Idaho lies a glacial lake. The route to the lake goes up a steep exposed ridge through boulders and loose stones. It’s strenuous ascent. At the beginning of the climb, however, there is a brook – a spring that seeps out a soft, mossy earth and flows through a lush meadow. It’s a quiet place to drink deeply and prepare for the hard climb ahead.

In John Bunyan’s classic allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian arrives at the foot of a steep ascent called the Hill Difficulty, “at the bottom of which was a spring… Christian now went to the spring and drank to refresh himself, and then began to go up the hill.”

Perhaps the difficult mountain you face is a rebellious child or a serious medical diagnosis. The challenge seems more than you can endure.

Before you face your next major task, visit the spring  of refreshment that is God Himself. Come to Him with all your weakness, weariness, helplessness, fear, and doubt. Then drink deeply of His power, strength, and wisdom. God knows all your circumstances and will supply a store of comfort, of spiritual strengthening and consolation. He will life up your head and give you strength to go on.

PRAYER LINE: Father, at the moment, I turn to You for strength in my weakness, energy for my weariness, and faith in my doubt.


He who overrules all things… enabled Christian to… continue on his way. (John Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress). (ODB)

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