(Orange, Texas)

December 15, 2012

Combing up the rough side of the mountain

Charles Holt
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — A song I enjoy listening to is written and performed by two ladies of color entitled, “Rough Side of the Mountain.”

The rhythm and beat is classic black gospel and delivers a powerful message of faith and hope. The song’s chorus expresses clearly what so many of us feel from time to time.

It says, “I'm Comin Up On The Rough Side Of The Mountain, I Must Hold To God, His Powerful Hand. I'm Comin Up On The Rough Side Of The Mountain, I’m Doin My Best To Make It In.” 

Are you feeling that way?

It’s not unusual for someone to say, “I’m really going through a hard place; I’m having a tough time. I feel discouraged, despondent and it looks like things aren’t working out like I think they should. I don’t know what to do.”

Are you troubled by the seeming loss of an awareness of the close presence of God?. Remember your school days: the teacher is always quiet when giving the test.

Let me make a suggestion or two. First, know that you are not alone in whatever struggle you are going through.

Scripture says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1Corinthians 10:13 KJV).

No struggle you have is exceptional, rather, it is “common to man” I.e., it happens all the time and it happens to everyone.

The Amplified Bible makes the verse a little clearer: “no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear.”

Furthermore, “God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried . . . Beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.”

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).