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Mountains and Valleys in the Bible

Mountains and Valleys in the Bible and In Life


Life is a series of mountains and valleys.  Each day brings new experiences.  Some days are rife with struggles and some are plentiful in joy.  Other days are a mixture of both. Just as the earth isn’t just a globe of flat land, life has it’s ups and downs, too.

In the Bible, mountains are mentioned 570 times and valleys 28 times.  Mountains, of course, are a natural elevation of the earth’s surface, but they also represent, sometimes small and sometimes seemingly insurmountable obstacles in life.  They could be anything from missing car keys to facing a cancer diagnosis.  They might be the car stalling or not having enough money to pay your bills.  We all have mountains, but we all have God to get us over them.

Valleys are defined as an elongated depression between uplands, hills, or mountains, especially one following the course of a stream.  They are our rest, or time of joy, between the mountains.  After climbing a mountain, we sure are relieved to see a valley!  The valleys in life could be receiving good news from the doctor, an unexpected windfall of cash, finding the missing car keys or receiving a promotion at work.  Or, they might be a time where life seems smooth sailing with no major mountains in the distance.

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When we are facing mountains and life gets tough, remember that God will pave a way for you.  In Isaiah 49:11 ESV, He says “And I will make all my mountains a road, and my highways shall be raised up.”  See?  He is literally paving the way for us over the mountains! We must always keep in mind that His grace, His leading, and His mercy will never fail. His way may not always be the same as the one we would have imagined. He is the ultimate heavenly architect and road builder!

Mountains and Valleys in the Bible and In Life


There are times that we build mountains for ourselves.  Those are the times that we do things which are not God-honoring or perhaps self-sabotaging.  Or, I the times that we are “fighting” with God as He is paving a road for us and we are resisting.  Can you think of a time that God was delivering you over a mountain, yet you resisted?  We pray to Him to ask Him to solve a problem or provide a need, but when He answers, we don’t like His answer.  His ways are not our ways.  We don’t always understand, at the time, or sometimes, ever His ways, but He always has plans to prosper us and not harm us.

Jeremiah 29:1 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I particularly love this verse from Isaiah 54:10:  Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.


There WILL be mountains, but God’s love for us is unfailing!  No matter what we do, no matter how awful our sin, we cannot be separated from the love our our Heavenly Father! No matter how high the mountain before us, how treacherous the climb may seem, He is paving the way for us for hope and a future and He and His love will be our constant companions along the way.  How incredible is that to realize?  Do you know just how deeply you are loved by God?

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If you mountains before you seem insurmountable, ask God to pave the way for you.  I pray that you will feel His loving arms around you as He takes you by the hand and leads you over the mountain.

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I have the Jesus Calling Desk Calendar on my desk, this was today’s mini devotional.  I had to share it as it perfectly reflects the concept of mountains and valleys that I wrote about:

July 14 – Excerpts from “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young
Keep walking with Me along the path I have chosen for you. Your desire to live close to Me is a delight to My heart.  I could instantly grant you the spiritual riches you desire, but that is not My way for you. Together we will forge a pathway up the high mountain. The journey is arduous at times, and you are weak. Someday you will dance lightfooted on the high peaks; but for now, your walk is often plodding and heavy. All I require of you is to take the next step, clinging to My hand for strength and direction. Though the path is difficult and the scenery dull at the moment, there are sparkling surprises just around the bend. Stay on the path…

I am praying for you, my friend.

Anchored in Christ, Because He Lives,


For more inspiring verses on mountains and valleys in the Bible, check out this list HERE

Mountains and Valleys in the Bible and In Life
Mountains and Valleys in the Bible and In Life

Susan is a writer, speaker and the creator of Women of Noble Character ministries. She is passionate about helping Christian women live a Proverbs 31 life in today’s world. The Lord laid upon her heart to serve women to grow in Christ, improve their marriages and manage their homes stress-free. She provides tools and resources on her website for Christian women to grow in their faith, deepen their relationship with their husbands and manage their homes well.

She lives in rural North Central Missouri with her handsome and hilarious husband and a myriad of dogs, cats and chickens.

Susan runs on Jesus, coffee and not enough sleep.