Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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We read of mountain climbing expeditions, perhaps with fascination at the strength and perseverance of the climbers. To them, conquering a mountain that has never been successfully climbed by anyone before is the height of achievement. Months, sometimes years, of planning go into the venture. Equipment must be of the very best quality, tested and found to be reliable.

Money without limit is spent so that each step of the perilous journey is provided for. All possible weather conditions are considered. First Aid kits are equipped in case of injury; camps are established at various points along the route so as to give all possible help to the struggling men.

The men and women themselves must be of perfect physical condition. They must be rugged, able to endure hardship. Their nerves must be like steel - no man whose nerve breaks at a critical moment of high tension would be any good for the task. Sometimes the men who have seemed the most likely to gain the objective have reached the point within sight of the longed-for summit, only to collapse and fail to achieve it. In one expedition into the Himalayas, the man whom everyone thought would achieve the summit failed because his physical strength gave out at the last half kilometre. But because of his encouragement and wisdom, his companion did succeed.

After all this, what have these men achieved? They have only satisfied their own desires. They may stand at the top of some mountain on which no other man has stood, and be able to look proudly over the landscape, and stick their victory flag into the rock. But then they turn and make their tortuous way down again, to receive merely the plaudits of mankind.

The force of the lesson to be drawn from such deeds lies in the preparation necessary before attempting the climb. The mountain of the Lord is before us, and if we wish to achieve success in our climb to the place of salvation which He has provided, then we too must make our preparations. The right equipment is found in the right attitude of mind, in the knowledge and faith that God is able to fulfil all His promises.

We must also have love and understanding for our brothers and sisters so that a helping hand can be given when needed. But in our struggle we have no fear that the resting place is unattainable, for the Leader of our expedition is Jesus Christ. He has climbed the mountain and reached the summit. He alone will give us the encouragement and strength to carry on through adversity. He will find for us the resting places where we can renew our strength and go on to reach greater heights.

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