Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“He took Peter and John and James and went up into a mountain to pray, and as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering . . . they saw his glory” (Luke 9:29, 32).
“If I have found grace in thy sight, show me thy glory” (Exodus 33:13).
When Jesus took these three disciples up into that high mountain apart, He brought them into close communion with Himself. They saw no man but Jesus only, and it was good to be there. Heaven is not far from those who tarry on the mount with their Lord. Have you met your Lord or just sitting in the church?
Who has not in moments of meditation and prayer caught a glimpse of opening gates? Who has not in the secret place of holy communion felt the rush of some surging wave of emotion–a foretaste of the joy of the blessed? Have you ever felt a presence and in your spirit tells you it is the Lord?
The Master had times and places for quiet converse with His disciples, once on the peak of Hermon, but oftener on the sacred slopes of Olivet. Every Christian should have his Olivet. Most of us, especially in the cities and towns, live at high pressure. From early morning until bedtime we are exposed to the whirl. Amid all this turbulence how little chance for quiet thought, for God’s Word, for prayer and heart fellowship!
Daniel needed to have an Olivet in his chamber amid Babylon’s roar and idolatries. Peter found his on a housetop in Joppa; and Martin Luther found his in the “upper room” at Wittenberg, which is still held sacred. Have you found your Olivet? Have you experienced it in the “secret room” where you set aside the time to commune with your Lord?
Dr. Granville Willians once said: “If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, the consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is the world’s need today–men who have seen their Lord.
Come close to Him! He may take you today up into the mountaintop, for where He took Peter with his blundering, and James and John, those sons of thunder who again and again so utterly misunderstood their Master and His mission, there is no reason why He should not take you. So don’t shut yourself out of it and say, “Ah, these wonderful visions and revelations of the Lord are for choice spirits!” They may be for you!
My Lord said in (Psalm 84:11) For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Do not walk away from your calling, stand up and face the reality of who God wants you to be.