Perseverance // Part 2
Moses “persevered because he saw Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Life is full of trials. In Hebrews 11 we learn the secret of Moses’ ability to press on in the midst of struggles. “He saw Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). There is no record of a supernatural encounter with an angel or God at the time he fled Egypt. Yet, Hebrews 11:27 tells us that he “saw Him who is invisible.” Perhaps Moses’ experience at that time was similar to ours when faced with a difficult situation. We pray about it and God gives us supernatural peace to press on in faith. We know this is a kind of miracle. In our power, we are not able to overcome the emotions blocking us from moving ahead in God’s will. But as we surrender to God, we are filled with a peace that surpasses all understanding. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that we can experience this peace if we pray about everything with thanksgiving. As we face our trials in life, God asks us to give thanks, trusting in His sovereignty and goodness. He will use even the most difficult situations for good in our lives – and in the lives of those around us.
Throughout Moses’ life, he has unusual encounters with the Lord. In Exodus 3-4, he has a conversation with God who is speaking to him from a burning bush that never burns up! You might say, “I would be able to persevere too if God would appear to me this way and audibly tell me what to do!” And yet, the Lord’s ways of speaking to us match the size of the task that He is calling us to as well. In Moses’ case, he was being called to face the most powerful king in the world at that time. He was to lead three million enslaved people out of the Pharaoh’s oppressive grip. Thus, we see God appearing to Moses on several occasions in miraculous ways.
I want to encourage you not to miss the small miracles (or large ones!) that God is performing to make a way for you to persevere. It may be a friend unexpectedly reaching out to help you; the person who is giving you trouble suddenly moving away; the encouraging Scripture just when you most need it; or a resource you need suddenly being provided. Our invisible God has many creative ways to visibly display His love, provision, and power. “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
Today’s Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Exodus 3-4; 1 Peter 1:8-9