Monday, January 07, 2019
Higher Ground for His Purpose and Glory
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”Matthew 17:1-9
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9 Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”
Peter, the disciple, wanted to “stay up” in the mountain experience — what I would call “head in the clouds” disciple. Thankfully his error was corrected by Father God. A spiritual experience is of no value if we pursue it to no end and end up stewing in it. The mountain top experience was for helping deliver people at the foot of the mountain who are mangled by satan’s wickedness. We eventually see Peter becoming a mighty witness on the day of Pentecost and further on. The Lord calls us all to Higher Ground.
Lord, correct me in the error of my ways. Open my eyes to see my faults and flaws. Help me not to be wise in my own eyes.