by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith he [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27
By faith–absolute certainty in what he hoped for, but couldn’t see–Moses echoed his parents’ response to king and culture–fearlessness.
Amram and Jochebed didn’t fear the pharaoh’s edict [Hebrews 11:23], and they were rewarded with being able to raise the very child that should’ve been taken from them by this edict. Moses, having grown up as a member of Pharaoh’s household, knew what would come from angering him. There would be no forgiveness, no opportunity to re-think his choice and regain his position within Pharaoh’s household. It was all for God or all for nothing.
And Moses persevered. He didn’t look back.
The New Living Translation [NLT] says, “he kept his eyes on the One who is invisible,” and the English Standard Version [ESV] says, “he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.” God was no less invisible to Moses’ human eyes than to ours today, but He faithfully showed Himself to Moses throughout his life.
Imagine the testimony that Moses could give! “I should be dead right now, but so, my parents knew God had a special call on my life, and God saved me from being killed by the Pharaoh himself, by having me raised by his own sister…in his own house! But get this, my real Mom actually got to raise me on behalf of Pharaoh’s sister.” Who can say that? That’s incredible!
And life wasn’t so cushy outside of Pharaoh’s household and good graces when God called him to walk away from it all, but Moses fixed his eyes on God alone–the same way that you and I are called to do today.
Our lives too can echo Amram, Jochebed and Moses’ fearlessness and faith in God. We also must choose to live all for God or all for nothing, and we must persevere in the face of, often government-condoned, adversity for our faith. No looking back.
Are your eyes fixed on God alone?