Then Elijah called on the name of God.

"O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again." (1 Kings 18: 36, 37)

With that said, the fire of God fell from the sky, burning everything up with its heat. The people fell and worshipped God, the prophets of Baal were slaughtered. Elijah was victorious in his faith...until Queen Jezebel heard what had happened. She declared Elijah to be a dead man. And what did Elijah do? He ran for the hills...literally!

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. (19: 8)

Elijah, weary and frightened, found himself safe within the clefts of the mountain of God. There, God whispered to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" When Elijah answered him, God gave him specific instructions; just as specific as He'd once given Moses.

When we come to the mountain of God, God is very direct with His purposes.

Seeking Horeb

I have often wondered if the forty days and forty nights Jesus spent in the wilderness was His personal journey toward Horeb. Before beginning His ministry, perhaps He wanted to be on the mountain of His Father...to return to the place where the Law had been given and where the great prophet had been whispered to. After all, He would fulfill the Law and the Prophets and when He was transfigured, it was Moses and Elijah who came to Him.

I have no way of knowing. But I do know that today pilgrims journey to Horeb and to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, which sits at the base of Sinai. Among the most popular adventures is to time climbing the mountain so as to see the morning's sunrise. Perhaps in the silences, as dark gives way to light, those who wait hear the whisper of God.

Most of us, however, will see Horeb, or climb Sinai and churches such as The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and streets of Jerusalem are also not the only places where His heartbeat can be heard. We can find our places of respite; places where God can whisper to our hearts or give us instruction. Jesus said,

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

I have a special place that I go to each day to pray. It's only a small loveseat tucked in the corner of the master bedroom of my home, but when I sit upon it and pray, I go to the mountain of God. I believe that God does not descend to us, but rather that we ascend to Him. When I have done so, He whispers...He guides...and I listen.

Study Questions

1. Where is your Mt. Horeb?
2. Have you ever heard God whisper to your heart? Talk (or journal) about it.
3. Have you ever felt His glory? Talk (or journal) about it.
4. Can you think of a time when God gave you direct instructions?
5. Have you ever felt, like Elijah, frightened and worn out from doing the Lord's work?

Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and the recently released and highly anticipated Shadows of Light. She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.EvaMarieEverson.com