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Peter Hoover: What Are We Looking For

At 29,029 feet above sea level, Mt Everest towers over every other thing in existence on this planet.


According to Wikipedia, 2700 people have been successful at reaching the summit, while 210 have never returned. There are some areas on Everest where the conditions are so terrible that the bodies of those who have sacrificed themselves to the thrill of climbing the world's tallest mountain have been left where they are, for all to see: the risk is too great to try and remove them.

What compels people to climb Everest? The second tallest peak in the world, K2 in China has only been attempted about 380 times. Why? Some say K2 is a more dangerous climb, however I think there is another reason as well. If you are going to invest the time and money, along with risking your life in the process to climb a high mountain, there is more "glory" in scaling the tallest one available. K2 is only 784 feet less than Everest, but that is a world of difference when it comes to humans looking for recognition and honour from their fellow man. I suppose people, in the same spirit, try to build the biggest empires, businesses, churches, etc. All are looking for the honour and recognition from their fellow man who obviously is dazzled and delighted with the "bigger is better" philosophy.

I wonder, however, what God thinks of all these things.

The diameter of the Earth is 6357 km from pole to pole, and Everest is 8.9 km high. This means that our planet is a sphere, the largest deviation being only 0.14% of it's diameter.

A billiard ball is allowed deviations of 0.2%.

The Earth, therefore, is smoother than a billiard ball. Everest doesn't look so big anymore, does it?

Can you imagine how God views us. I don't think He cares about the ability of humans to scale a measly twenty-nine thousand feet into the air. I don't think He's very impressed.

What does impress Him?

"Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow" Isaiah 1:16

"Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." Micah 6:7-8

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy hear, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:35-40

We can know what pleases God because he has told us.

Nearly all people understand that Christ came to this earth as a baby, emptied himself and made himself of no reputation for our sakes. On the outside, our Lord and Saviour was not much to look at. Isaiah writes of him and says that “he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” At the time of his death, he had gathered about one hundred twenty people willing to follow him. Jesus did not have a very large following on this earth, but God doesn't see things the way we do. To us, Mt. Everest looks big. When God is the author of a plan, it is big, no matter how small it seems to be. We know the rest of the story, that those one hundred twenty believers were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to preach the wonders of God in other languages for all the people to hear, and through the Spirit's work, three thousand came to believe that same day. This world has never been the same. What started out as something so seemingly small and insignificant has had the greatest impact on this world than anything else has since creation itself.

Let us keep our thoughts where they belong this season and recognize the true works of God.

May the Lord be praised for all he has done for us.

Joey Davis

Rocky Cape Christian Community
19509 Bass Highway
Detention River, Tasmania 7321
Australia
www.thecommonlife.com.au.