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17th September 2023

Difficult Hills

He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.

Psalm 110:7

Like many people, I enjoy walking. However, I do not enjoy so much the steep and difficult hills that one encounters. Such hills can be wearying, strength draining and thirsty work. When climbing difficult hills, I am often reminded of Psalm 110:7 “He shall drink of the brook by the wayside.”

In John Bunyan’s classic allegory of the Christian life, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian arrives at the foot of a steep ascent called the Hill Difficulty, “at the bottom of which was a spring . . . Christian now went to the spring and drank to refresh himself, and then began to go up the hill.”

Perhaps the difficult mountain you face is a rebellious child or a serious medical diagnosis. The challenge seems more than you can endure.

Before you face your next major task, visit the spring of refreshment that is God Himself. Come to Him with all your weakness, weariness, helplessness, fear, and doubt. Then drink deeply of His power, strength, and wisdom. God knows all your circumstances and will supply a store of comfort, of spiritual strengthening and consolation. He will lift up your head and give you strength to go on.

Bible Reading

Psalm 110.


Merciful Lord God, help me when I face the difficult hills of life to turn to You for strength in my weakness, energy for my weariness, and faith in my doubt. In Christ's name. I pray. Amen.



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