As Christians, we often wonder in the wilderness of this world not knowing where to go, how to go about doing things, and not knowing what purpose we are to have when we meet difficult icebergs…figuratively speaking.
The Lord has given us instruction, as he gave the disciples…
”Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8: 31-32
Here we have clear promise given to us from the lord to know him (The truth John14:6) his word (John 17:17) and true freedom (free from sin or sinning John 9:34-35).
When we can be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that we are sinful and need a saviour, the lord will do something about it. He will offer his word to us, and the power in his word will give us the strength to continue when we choose to believe.
I often think about being in the wilderness of this world, and the more I think about it, the more I contemplate on the experiences of two men…Moses and Elijah.
Moses was a faithful servant of the Lord, who spent his time as one to whom the Lord would lead his people. He was a vessel chosen, and depended on the truth of God. He demonstrated the same heart service for his brethren in asking God to whipe out his name from the Book of Life, than to have the people suffer. Here was an act of unselfish love. One who stood as advocate for the children of Israel. He died not entering the Promised Land, yet his body not seeing corruption.
On the other hand we have Elijah, who stood as prophet of the Lord, willing to obey his voice, even when it meant Life or Death. Going forth declaring the word of God, Elijah stood in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord was working in him to use him a radical channel of blessing. The Lord took this man to heaven in a Chariot of Fire, witnessed by his servant Elisha.
Both these men had similar experiences and wlaked a similar walk. They were used as Gods mouth piece and they went to heaven. One died and resurrected (Moses) and the other not seeing death (Elijah).
There are many aspects that could be talked about in regards to these two servants, but one aspect that I find thrilling to see Is that throughout there experiences in the wilderness, they had mountain top experiences. Both prophets went up the mountain for a reason and a purpose. In it is written that both servants went up the same mountain, in the time they personally lived there lives.
16And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
17And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
18And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
19And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
20And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.” Exodus 19:16-20 (Emphasis Added)
“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
9And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:8-13 (Emphasis added)
What we see here is that The Lord spoke to these two servants in a similar way, on the same hill, with the same purpose, to give out a similar message. (Continue to read the rest of each chapter of the prophets)
As I meditate upon these truths, I think to myself "Am I hearing Gods voice speaking to me today? Is my experience like that of Elijah and Moses?
It is Written "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." (John 10: 27-29)
Dear Reader, Is our Lord speaking to you in that still small voice? Or are you hearing thunder and lightening?
Have you been up the mountain today, or been up the mountain at all? Or are you still wandering in the valley?
Are you living and playing in the valley of the shadow of death or are you walking through it, know that you are with the Lord and the Lord is with you?
A friend of mine told me once that when he went mountain hiking, he reached 2000 meters, and noticed he was getting breathless and his hands were swelling (periphery oedema), when he came down from that hill, it went away. The situation was that his body was not CLIMATISED to the conditions in order to maintain adequate in that environment.
I often wonder if God’s servants spend too much time in the valley, and not enough time up the mountain. I wonder if we only drink of the springs in the valley, and not in the high springs.
Brethren, we have hope! When we are connected to the vine, the fruit of our Lord will be manifested, and the light that will shine from our hearts will reflect the God in whom we serve. When we are connected and drawing nourishment from the source of life, through our witness, people may know the Father and the Son, for this is eternal life (John 17:3). The Lord will use his servants as channels of blessing to those who are wondering in the wilderness. What a privilege it is to share such a beautiful gift to those that are in the valley (John 3:16).
Remember Elijah and Moses experience, and let that experience daily be ours. As the Lord hath said…
“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy lade, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is Light” Matt 11:28-30
This is the Invitation from the Lamb, let us not delay in coming to him…while there is still time.
We are almost at the Jordan, and may the Word of the Living God be manifested in our hearts to carry us through the river.
May the Lord bless you and keep you as you read this message.