In Oregon, I’m told, people can expect drought conditions when there is no snow on the mountain. But looking up at the mountain and seeing the white snow cap, they can be certain water will be coming down to the valleys and the crops will get their needed irrigation.
Not only that, but water provides power. Several years ago, I visited the Hoover Dam at Boulder City, Nev. I was amazed when I viewed a model of the area showing power lines going all the way to Los Angeles.
And what about our area? A few years ago, a young lady from out west visited Cleveland and came to the Banner to write about her visit. She had asked some residents, “Where do you get your power?” They pointed to the mountains.
She answered, “People are strong when they know the source of their power.” How profound.
Her reply immediately pricked my memory of the Scripture in Daniel: “... but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32b).
Knowing the source of power is most important. How can we put our faith and trust in God, if we do not know Him? Whom can we turn to for strength? How can anything be accomplished in our own strength?
Oh, but when we KNOW our God, we can rest assured, there is nothing too hard for Him. God is His own witness: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there any thing too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 31:27).
In the book of Nehemiah 8:10, we read how the “joy of the LORD is your strength.” Knowing God is a joyful experience that overrides everything else. Whatever a person faces, whatever the situation, whatever problem arises — there’s still God.
The psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve they soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121).
“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Psalm 9:10).
Take heart — there is “snow on the mountain.”
“Never give up, your strength He will renew;
You’re on the threshold of knowing Him in His power;
Through the Holy Ghost, your prayer is now being answered;
Rejoice and praise His Name — the victory is yours.”