Finding Mount Horeb

“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. [Then] the angel of the Lord … touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. (1 Kings 19:3,7-9)

Elijah is my hero … indomitable and unflappable.Resolute in spirit, he controls droughts and command the rains. Although there’s a bounty on his life, he remains unwavering. He defies Ahab, strikes down over 800 demonic priests, and outruns chariots!

You could make a movie on this guy!

But in the third verse, something seems drastically wrong. Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, is fed up with the prophet, and Elijah, the unconquerable, becomes afraid and runs for his life!

Was it the woman? I don’t think so. Then what was it?

Elijah was worn down. It made him susceptible. Fatigue had depleted his immune system. His constant endeavors, lengthy battles, being pursued, yet still having an assignment to finish simply wore him out. Then I am sure the Adversary of our souls jumps in to the thrashing and digs in with his claws dripping with the toxins of discouragement and depression. It got to the point where this Israelite hero became so depressed; he couldn’t eat (19:6) and wanted to commit suicide (19:40.) What we call an “all time low,” the devils calls “an opportune moment.”

Each of us will hit these points in our lives, and it will be at moments like these that we must find a Mount Horeb. That’s the same mountain where the burning bush was located. It is the same mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

It took Elijah 40 days just to reach the location. That’s six weeks just to get there! Then came the instructions from God that followed.

I cannot rush these times of renewal. We live in such of a fast paced world; we are convinced that if we take time to be with God, we may miss something in the world. We believe that we have too much to do, and if we hide away on a Mount Horeb to hear from God like Moses did that the world will pass us by.

Let it.

Maybe it’s time I let the world pass by in order for me to stay in step with the Lord. Maybe its when I am addicted to chasing opportunities that the enemy of my souls sets traps called “opportune moments” for his attack?

Maybe it’s time to let the world pass by. It will still be there day after day, but I cannot remain the same day after day. I need to take the time to be transformed form glory to glory, otherwise I too can become afraid and run … not because I have backslidden, but because I am fatigued.

  • I must hide away with God before the alarms ring.
  • I need to move inland before the sirens blast, and …
  • I need to get to Mount Horeb before the Jeze-bell’s start to toll.

A Leaders Prayer:

I ask that you would renew my hunger for my assignment. I feel so privileged to do what you have asked me to do, and I love shepherding the wonderful people of New Hope. Please restore the sense of anointing and reignite the torch that must burn brightly with a first love. I will listen for your voice as I wait for you on Mount Horeb.

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