By Faith

By faith“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” - Hebrews 11: 24-25 The infant, Moses, was born into a perilous political situation. His mother hid him for three months, then sealed him in a waterproof basket and sent him down the river, praying that his life would be spared. An Egyptian princess found him and made him a prince.

Imagine, after growing up in luxury, wealth, and power, what he must have felt when he realized that his true identity lay with an oppressed and enslaved people. What an identity crisis!

Born a Hebrew, yet reared as an Egyptian prince. In Pharaoh’s court, as a favored grandson, his life was gilded by wealth and power. We know that he chose his own people, but did he make that noble decision all on his own?

I don’t believe so.

God opened Moses’ eyes and his heart. When Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave, the truth so overwhelmed him that he reacted violently; he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.

Then Moses fled to the wilderness to escape the death penalty.

Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose affliction with his own people.

Faith gave Moses eyes to see the truth and a tender heart to respond. But he hardly behaved like a hero. He didn’t really know what to do—which is exactly where God wanted him. He allowed Moses to be stuck out in the desert for forty years; meanwhile Pharaoh died, and his successors increased the oppression of his people.

Moses raised a family, grew old, and no doubt wondered many times what his time in Egypt was all about. Until the day God spoke to him in a burning bush.   consuming fire that didn’t consume, the flame of God’s presence, His passion--and now His purposes, revealed to Moses after all these years.

By faith, Moses chose to see the truth of his own identity—and God did the rest. 

We can always trust our Lord to “do the rest.”

[Photo: Wagner Daniel, CreationSwap]