The Lord can speak to us in the strangest ways. If we are listening, he talks to us and provides a lesson in so many things, that you would not imagine. A few years ago the Lord gave me a strange analogy. I was asked to speak one Sunday Morning, and I preached a sermon that the Lord gave to me that same week. You may think that this is a strange comparison, but in my brain it makes sense. The Lord spoke to me as I was looking at a picture of Mountain goat one day as I was scrolling through Face Book. He said that Christians need to be as sure-footed as a Mountain Goat. I thought about it and it really made sense.
The Mountain Goat is the most surefooted animal. Even though their given name is “mountain goat” they are a member of the antelope family. They are known for their agility and most often seen on mountain sides and rocky ledges. They are born with built-in climbing shoes with soft rubbery pads on their hooves to help them maintain traction. They can jump up to 12 feet and scale walls . They are amazing creatures.
As humans we also need to be sure-footed like a mountain goat. We need to follow their example. There is a reason we need to be surefooted. I live in Missouri, and we get some major storms. I am sure you have been in a wind storm and it is blowing so hard that you think you are going to get blown away. You find yourself leaning in the wind and trying to gain a better footing. The wind is invisible. You can’t see it or touch it but, it is very real. You can feel the wind pressed up against you. The resistance at times is so great. Satan is just like this. He is invisible. You can’t see him or touch him but he is very real. At times you can feel the resistance so strong that it is hard to stand and you try to gain a better foot hold. If you are not a strong Christian and are not sure-footed, you will be blown back. But if you are a strong, sure-footed Christian you can withstand Satan and whatever he blows your way. Satan will do everything in his power to try to knock you down. He wants to steal, kill and destroy. We must press in, fight back, and at times get a better foot hold.
New Christians are not going to start out being strong and sure-footed. They will be a little wibbly wobbly. Toddling around, unsure exactly what they are supposed to do. But as they grow as Christians it is their responsibility and duty to try to become stronger; more sure-footed in the Lord. As strong, sure-footed Christians we should nurture those new Christians. We need to help them and support them when they might fall. We need to be like that mother goat that puts her nose under the belly of her baby and helps her back up. We need to be there for those who are weaker or newer than we are
Even the baby mountain goat is kind of wibbly wobbly at first. But not very long, they are right behind their mothers scaling the walls and jumping cliffs. Sometimes a long time Christian never seems to get past that wibbly wobbly stage. For some reason they don’t ever grow. Those long time, of again and on again Christians, are also our responsibility. As stronger Christians we need to support them and help them get past that wobbly stage and become more sure-footed.
If you want to become a stronger, sure-footed Christian you need to begin with prayer. You need to delve deep in the Word Of God. The more you read, the more you want to read. The Lord puts a yearning in your heart and He teaches you while you read the Word. You gain in wisdom and strength. If you ask the Lord to help you, he will provide for your needs. All you have to do is ask.
Start tomorrow by making a commitment to become more surefooted in the Lord. Become a mountain goat Christian and withstand the storms that Satan blows your way. Do not get easily knocked down. Scale the walls and jump cliffs. Reach those unreachable spots. Be strong and fight against those storms of this world. I will be right along with you, praying that each one of us succeed.
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,