“The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.”
I lived in Colorado for a few years as a young boy, and for about a year as an adult man. There was nothing like going to the mountains to get away. Though there were times when I went to the mountains to play, peace and tranquility were found in the mountains because we got away from the hustle and bustle of the city and was alone in the mountains.
Not only have I lived in mountainous regions, but I have also had the privilege of hiking a couple of high mountains. I was able to hike Mount Sopris, a 13,800-foot mountain, and I was also able to hike a 14,100-foot mountain. The peace that is found at the top of the mountain cannot be matched in any other place. I have been to the ocean and enjoyed listening to the sound of the waves. I have walked in the forest and heard the chirping of the birds, but the mountains brought a silence and peace that nothing else in creation could bring. I have always enjoyed going to the mountains, not just to see the beauty they provide, but mostly to enjoy the peace they give.
The verse above says, “The mountains shall bring peace to the people…” Does this mean that you find peace in life by going to the mountains? I think not! I believe this verse is talking about the mountains in the Scriptures that bring peace. It was Moses who went to the top of Mount Sinai to receive the ten commandments. It was the Mount of Olives where Jesus was wont to pray. It was on Golgotha, a mountain, where Jesus was crucified for the sins of mankind. It was in the mountains where Jesus was transfigured, and it was in the mountains where Jesus often went to get apart to pray.
The mountains that bring peace are significant for one thing; they are where people went to get alone to pray. Moses spent forty days and nights in the mountains talking to God before he received the Ten Commandments. Jesus spent many nights in the mountains praying, which resulted in many miracles in His ministry. The mountains bring peace to life because it is in the mountains where you go to pray.
My friend, you will never find peace in life without the purposeful solitary time with God in prayer. Prayer brings peace to one’s life that nothing else can bring. You can run to your counselor to find peace, but you will find that he can only advise, but he cannot give peace. You can run to vice to find peace only to find that the vice creates more turmoil. The peace for which you are looking for in life will only be found when you spend time alone with God casting your care upon Him.
However, you will never get alone with God to pray unless you shut down everything in your world to get alone with Him. If you are going to spend time in the mountains, you leave the rest of the world to go to them. Likewise, you must choose to leave everything behind to get alone with God to pray. You will never find the peace in prayer as long as you stay where everything can sidetrack your attention.
Let me encourage you to regularly get alone with God in prayer. It is in the solitude of prayer where the voices of fear are silenced and the peace of God fills your heart. You may find your life to be overwhelmed with life, but you can find the victory you need to the anxieties of life in the mountains of prayer.