Have you ever had a “mountain-top experience” with God? Maybe you have, but I’m guessing you’re more familiar with the valleys in between. I know I am. Maybe you’re in a valley right now.
The problem is that we rarely get to stay on the mountain top. Moses didn’t. Elijah didn’t. Even Jesus didn’t. When Jesus had a mountain-top experience along with Peter, James, and John, Peter wanted to build some tents assuming they might stay awhile (Matthew 17:4). But after that moment of glory, down the mountain they went to resume their daily lives and ministry (Matthew 17:9).
Elijah had one of the most remarkable mountain-top experiences recorded in all of Scripture. He called down fire from heaven, which consumed an altar and demonstrated God’s power over the false god of Baal. But shortly thereafter, Elijah came down the mountain and fled to a valley of depression where he asked that he might die (1 Kings 19:4).
When Elijah returned to another mountain, Horeb, the mount of God, the Lord came to him, not in a strong wind, earthquake, or fire, but in “the sound of a low whisper” (1 Kings 19:8-13).
Why did God reveal Himself to Elijah in two different ways on two different mountains? In Kings 18, Elijah was the confident prophet battling the false prophets of Baal, and God appeared through power and majesty. In Kings 19, Elijah was the feeble prophet who had just come through the valley of depression, and God appeared through peace and calm.
Two mountains, two different seasons of life, and one God who knows what we need and when we need it. God was on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18), and God was on Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19), but God was also in the valley (1 Kings 19:5-8).
God knows exactly what we need, when we need it. Whether you are in a moment of spiritual strength, spiritual calm, or spiritual sorrow, God knows, and He will meet you at just the right time and in just the right way. We may not always see Him or hear Him, because we may be tuned to the wrong channel. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). In our stillness, we wait for Him.
I pray that in this season of pandemic the Omnipotent will calm your heart and still your fears. There’s a popular worship song right now called “The Blessing,” which is based on Numbers 6:24-26. May these words of Aaron’s Blessing be your blessing today:
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.