Saturday, January 28, 2012

Becoming Jealous

The mountains of Bashan are majestic, with many peaks stretching high into the sky. Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountains, at Mount Zion, where God has chose to live, where the Lord himself will live forever? Surrounded by unnumbered thousands of chariots, the Lord came from Mount Sinai into his sanctuary. When you ascended to the heights, you led a crowd of captives. You received gifts from people, even from those who rebelled against you. Now the Lord God will live among us there. Psalm 68: 15-18 NLT

These verses address the majestic mountains of Bashan. Although they are massive, they are still jealous of Mount Zion, a single mountain that is not all that high. This is because God has chosen to live there. God came from Mount Sinai with an endless army and entered his dwelling place on Mount Zion. God led those who were captured and now were to be slaves. Gifts were given to God from those who had fought against him. God has been victorious and little Mount Zion is the winner.

Obviously, there has been a battle against a much superior foe. The people of God have been victorious and the tributes and captives have arrived in Jerusalem. God is among the people there rather than in the mountains of Bashan. This is actually the area we now know as the Golan Heights, the mountain range north of the Sea of Galilee. Although it is a beautiful place, God has not chose to dwell there.

Has God chosen to dwell with you?

What will others see in your life to make them jealous of God's presence in your life?

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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