As the old gospel hymn goes, life is easier when you are up on the on the Mountain, and therefore we can become more self absorbed there.
But, it is in the Valleys where we actually learn how to become more self-reflecting and more like Christ.
We do more reflecting and growing there. That is why God brings us through Mountains/ Hills and Valleys, because both are needed.
He even said in His Word, the land we go into to possess, is a land filled with mountains (plural) and valleys (plural)… meaning ups and downs.
“But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:” Deuteronomy 11:11
No one ever stays up, and no one ever stays down, we all have to go through both many times in life, because God knew both would be needed many times to keep us balanced.
However, you do learn and grow more in the Valley times.
It is vitally important to beware when on Mountaintops, that your heart is not lifted in pride, and you say your own hand got you this or that.
Pride always comes before a fall, and that is the quickest way to get booted off that Mountain/ Hill you may be on at present.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
It is God who led you and opened up any door you now occupy, and it is He alone who gave you the ability and power to do anything you are doing at present, and as a result of that, possess anything you may possess.
He gave you anything and everything you may possess as a result of that — not you. Never forget that, and try to say your own hand did it, by taking away His Glory and lifting your own self up, and never forget, He who brought you there can always take you back where you was in such cases.
Read and learn!
“Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day. Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein.
And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied. Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint.
Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end and thou say in thine heart, MY POWER AND THE MIGHT OF MINE OWN HAND hath gotten me this wealth.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 8:11-20
No one is is to far up that God cannot bring them down when he knows they need to learn some things and no one is ever to low that God cannot reach down and raise them up the bible says so.
“But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” Psalm 75:7
“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” Psalm 138:6
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.” 1 Samuel 2:8
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:” Isaiah 40:4
So the main thing is what ever situation or place you are at in your journey of possessing the land the main thing is to remain humble and obedient, because you never know at what minute things could change one way or the other.
God is the judge and he alone will determine how long we stay at each place according to his own wisdom and what he feels we all may need at that time in the journey for whatever it is he may be teaching us at that moment for his own purposes and our well being.
The lessons to be learned here is to stay humble, kind, and obedient on mountain tops and learn to remain humble, kind, and obedient in those valley times as he prepares you for your next level or mountain top.
Each valley you go through is preparing you for the next level of mountain top increase.
How you respond to god and others in keeping his commandments determines how long you stay at either one.
~ Kimberly Fuller