1 The Sphere Of Exaltation
leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves.” Mark 9:2
We have all
had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have
wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of
our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only,
something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man
only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the
devil-possessed and lift them up. We are not built for the mountains and the
dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all.
We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is
where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated
moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels,
if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional,
they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our
spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.
We are apt
to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching, it
is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz., into character. The
mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something.
There is a great snare in asking – What is the use of it? In spiritual matters
we can never calculate on that line. The moments on the mountain tops are rare
moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.