By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27.
Moses had a deep sense of the personal presence of God. He was not only looking down through the ages for Christ to be made manifest in the flesh, but he saw Christ in a special manner accompanying the children of Israel in all their travels. God was real to him, ever present in his thoughts. When misunderstood, when called upon to face danger and to bear insult for Christ’s sake, he endured without retaliation. Moses believed in God as one whom he needed and who would help him because of his need. God was to him a present help.
Much of the faith which we see is merely nominal; the real, trusting, persevering faith is rare. Moses realized in his own experience the promise that God will be a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. He had respect unto the recompense of the reward. Here is another point in regard to faith which we wish to study; God will reward the man of faith and obedience. If this faith is brought into the life experience, it will enable everyone who fears and loves God to endure trials. Moses was full of confidence in God because he had appropriating faith. He needed help, and he prayed for it, grasped it by faith, and wove into his experience the belief that God cared for him. He believed that God ruled his life in particular. He saw and acknowledged God in every detail of his life and felt that he was under the eye of the All-seeing One, who weighs motives, who tries the heart. He looked to God and trusted in Him for strength to carry him uncorrupted through every form of temptation…. The presence of God was sufficient to carry him through the most trying situations in which a man could be placed.
Moses did not merely think of God; he saw Him. God was the constant vision before him; he never lost sight of His face. He saw Jesus as his Saviour, and he believed that the Saviour’s merits would be imputed to him. This faith was to Moses no guesswork; it was a reality. This is the kind of faith we need, faith that will endure the test. Oh, how often we yield to temptation because we do not keep our eye upon Jesus!.
Conflict and Courage p. 85
—–Eileen has to have a pre-surgery workup. Please pray that we can find a doctor around here who will get her an appointment quickly so she can have her surgery on the 15th. Rose
—– Gladys fell in her apartment when trying to get to her stove to shut off the burner (which caused a fire). She has a broken neck, shattered pelvis, big cut in her head. She is in the _____ Hospital. She has had or is going to have surgery! Please keep her in your prayers. Jenni
Washday was a special day for me when I was a child. It was not as easy as it is now with our automatic washer. In those far-off days, my grandmother had to push the big wringer washer into the kitchen and connect a hose to the kitchen faucet to fill it. I didn’t mind having to sit quietly on the kitchen stool so I wouldn’t get my fingers in the wringer. From my “perch,” I watched all the “proceedings.”
Before she did the whites, she would pour a little bottle of blue liquid into the water. This blue liquid had the power to change the white clothing from a dingy white to a bright white white. That was such a wonder to me. It seemed that it should turn them blue, but it never did.
Our Dear Saviour has promised to make us even whiter and cleaner than my grandmother made our white clothing so long ago. He bids us, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa 1:18 How much we need that cleansing daily, for we are all spotted with sin! How much we need His changing power, for we are helpless to change ourselves. We try, but soon find that it is useless. Jeremiah observes, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.” Jer 13:23 As Job said, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.” Job 14:4
David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.” “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps 51:10-12,139:23,24 John adds, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Yet we are bidden, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Phil 2:12 “Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil, Learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isa 1:16,17 Here is the key. We must cooperate with Him as He leads us day by day, “for it is God which worketh in [us] both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil 2:13
“See that none render evil for evil unto any man, but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thes 5:15-24 Amen.
Seeing the Invisible