By Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 347)
Hebrews 11:27 (NLT)
It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
There are two ways to live in life. You can live by faith or you can live by fear. When you live by fear, you will always be worried, anxious, disappointed, and stressed. When you live by faith, you will live in peace, joy, trust, and surrender. As believers, we are responsible for what kind of life we choose to live. Almost every good thing we desire or want to happen will require us to have faith.
Moses had every reason to fear Pharaoh. In those days, Pharaohs were seen as gods. They ruled and controlled everything. The people were at the beck and call of the Pharaoh. But Moses did not have to fear Pharaoh because he had faith in God who is more powerful and mighty than any human being. God told Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to “let my people go” and because Moses believed God, he followed God’s instructions.
Scripture says in Hebrews 11:27, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.”
When you are wrapped up in faith, you have no fear of people or situations. You don’t worry about things working or not working. You don’t try to manipulate or control people or try to revamp or reprogram situations in order to get a certain result. Faith is the belief deep down on the inside that God is in control and whatever desires, needs, or wants you have will be fulfilled if you keep on going because you have your eyes on the one who is invisible who can do all things.
Deliverance of the children of Israel seemed like an impossible situation. They had been enslaved for many years and their working and living conditions were horrible. Moses tried to induce deliverance once before by killing an Egyptian man but the problem with this was he tried to do it on his own. God didn’t want him to do it; he wanted to do it through him. Faith is not making it happen; it is believing God to make it happen.
The closer you get to God through prayer, bible reading, meditation, and service, the more faith you will develop. True faith is very often developed solidly in isolation, in the midst of personal adversity and hardship. Remember Moses spent forty years on the back side of the desert. He didn’t just have faith by growing up in the Egyptian palace with everything at his disposal. Moses had to get closer to God and many times the only way we get close to the one who is invisible and all-powerful is by being put in situations in which we don’t have a choice except to be alone with God.
If you want things to change in your life, if you want to reach your goals, if you want to have deep desires and dreams fulfilled, you will need to develop faith. For believers, in God’s economy, faith is the source from which all things happen. “By faith” are two of the most powerful words in the bible. It is by faith that dreams are fulfilled, that goals are reached, that things change, that mountains move, that obstacles are overcome, that hope increases and that people improve.
God is not moved by manipulation, deception, whining, complaining, or unthankfulness. The children of Israel tried that once God delivered them from Egypt and as a result, they were prohibited from entering the Promised Land for 40 years. God is not an emotionless and thoughtless being. He can be moved. He can be influenced. But He can only be moved and influenced by faith. God responds when we trust him enough to keep on going by faith.
“I do not want merely to possess a faith, I want a faith that possesses me.”
— Charles Kingsley