“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God even to Horeb.” (Exodus 3:1)
Now most of the time “mountain-top” experiences are associated with great achievements or accomplishments. From a human perspective, Moses’ mountain-top experience was based on human curiosity. From a Biblical perspective, Moses’ mountain-top experience was based entirely on God’s providence. One thing we must keep in mind about these mountain-top experiences is that you have to go through a valley, sometimes a very long one, to get to the mountain.
Moses had been in a valley for forty years. He was an exile from Egypt and a stranger in Midian. These were some dark days in the life of Moses, although he did have some highlights to brighten his life. I believe these years were preparing this man for his mountain-top experience, because his life would never be the same again. Isn’t that what a mountain-top experience brings? We do not know how long Moses was on the mountain with God. We do know that he was in a valley forty years prior, and we know that his life was never the same for the forty years that he remained on this earth. Moses did not have to broadcast his experience, every one he came in contact with could see it. Moses’ experience so altered his life that he was never the same. Yet, the change he brought upon others was very dramatic. Moses’ mountain-top experience was an encounter with God. He became God’s servant, God’s voice to speak to and lead a people who had long been in bondage.
People are still talking about Moses’ mountain-top experience 3,800 years later. It could be that many of us are looking for some great “revelation” from God (or a mountain-top experience). Folks, God will speak to you today by His Holy Spirit through His Word, the Bible, to convey to you His will. Remember that sometimes, no, all the time, you must climb the mountain to have the experience. It may well be that you are going through a valley and now you are preparing to scale the mountain of God. You want that mountain-top experience? Get into the Word, dear people. It is there where you will find what God wants you to do for HIM! “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).Pastor H. Preston Parker