If God allowed us to live on the “mountaintop,” we would not experience trials, but neither would we achieve any victories. As important as it was for Israel to have an inspiring encounter with Him, their Lord had not rescued them from Egypt in order for them to settle around the mountain in the wilderness. God delivered them so that they could encounter the Promised Land. God wanted to demonstrate His power to the Israelites so that they would trust Him in their conquest of Canaan. Finally, God announced that they had been long enough at the mountain; it was time to go to battle. At times God will preciously provide a mountaintop experience. These times common many settings: during your time alone with Him, at a Christian conference, by reading a Christian book, or at a prayer meeting. You may wish you could spend the rest of your life basking in the glow of your encounter with God. But remember, these mountaintop encounters are God‘s way of preparing you for the battles that await you.