“For you have need of endurance,
so that you may do the will of God
and receive what is promised.”
Unprepared Christian climbers can easily slip into crevasses of past sin. Avalanches engulf the spiritually unprepared with the cares of this world choking out spiritual goals. Altitude sickness, better known to the Christian as pride is when they forget their past sins for which they have been forgiven. The only way to overcome altitude sickness is to return down to base camp. In the “valley of humility,” the Lord reminds us of what we have come through and teaches us the value of grace.
Climbers often get caught in snowstorms and have to cling to the slopes sheltering in their tents, as the winds swirl snow forming a “white‑out” that blinds a climber. Be warned, at high altitudes on Mount Zion, a” white-out of doubt” can blind a Christian. These storms will treacherously stall a team of climbers for several days clinging to a high mountain ridge. Waiting out a storm uses up valuable supplies and many times the climber will have to abandon the expedition. Patience and perfect timing are essential to a successful climb of any mountain.