Mountain climbing peaks such as Mount Everest is very much like getting to know God. It takes committment, time, effort, training and equipment. Not all that attempt the climb will succeed. Many will turn back because it is too hard. Many will fail and not try again. Therefore, all will decide how much they want to reach the peak. All will decide how much effort they will extend and that becomes their goal.
How I live around others is maybe the clearest indicator about what type of theology I ascribe to and practice. The acid test of this is this: Being a church member, do I help or hinder my brothers and sisters in Christ to increase or decrease their faith. In other words, do I add vinegar or honey when I am talking about others. Am I full of poison when in crisis or do I choose to allow God to bring “peace that passes human understanding…” I alone control and determine the level at which I will respond to God in crisis. Meditate on this: Psalms 32:10-11 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Rejoicing when times are difficult and God seems to have left the scene requires a trust in God that goes far deeper than mere feelings.