There is a twofold significance concerning Mount Horeb:
- Mt Horeb (our spirit), is the place for God’s people to meet with one another; it is the place for God’s seekers to meet with God, to serve God, and to receive God’s revelation and vision.
- Mt. Sinai (our soul), is the place where the sinfulness of God’s people is exposed.
What kind of person do we want to be? What do we want this mountain to be to us?
On the negative side, we see the letter-keepers of the law – those who are on Mt. Sinai, seeking the law apart from God. When we forget that we are God-men, when we are in our soul, our experience is that the mountain is full of thunder and darkness (Exo. 19:16). If our condition with the Lord is such, the Christian life will seem impossible to us and we will remain in our state of fear and trembling at the bottom of the mountain.
On the positive side, we see the loving seekers of God – those who are on Mt. Horeb, enjoying God, tasting the sweetness of the law, beholding His beauty, and being infused with the riches of God! When we are in His presence, in our mingled spirit, our experience is that the mountain is full of light (2 Cor. 4:6)! If our condition with the Lord is such, the Christian life will be effortless and we will remain under the His divine dispensing and infusing at the top of the mountain.
Not only should we aspire to be a loving seeker on Mt. Horeb but, even right now, we must go further to ask ourselves, Where on this mountain are we? Are we at the bottom of the mountain, where the children of Israel are in fear and trembling? Are we on the side of the mountain, where Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu are watching and praying at a distance (Exo. 24:1)? Or, are we at the peak of the mountain, where Moses is being infused and transfused with God? We have to choose! Our goal should be to be in His presence. We should pray,
Lord, allow me to remain in Your presence. Keep me here, beholding You! Make me a loving seeker, on top of Mount Horeb!
When Moses came down from the mountain, he was shining! However, he was shining with a fading glory. But today we are being infused with an increasing glory! The more time we spend beholding on Mt. Horeb, the more shining there will be! We must realise that, although the conference has finished, we can still choose to remain on Mt. Horeb – beholding and reflecting Christ! Lord, we choose You!
2 Cor. 3:18 But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Sharing by Faith C. (UK) from her top enjoyment in the European Young People’s Conference in Poland (2013). Read more testimonies via the Facebook page.