Yesterday we read a definition of faith: confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. Today we read what Moses and the People of Israel achieved by faith. Moses was confident that he could lead the people out of Egypt and the people were confident that Moses was a true man of God. The people believed Moses because everything he had said God would do happened. The Egyptians however, had no confidence in the claims Moses was making despite enduring all the plagues The Lord had promised, culminating in the terrible loss of all their firstborn sons. For me, the most poignant illustration of the difference faith really makes, is the escape of the Israelites in contrast to the drowning of the pursuing Egyptians as they attempted to follow them through the Red Sea. Like so many who don’t understand the confidence faith brings, they were doomed to drown in the waters of the Red Sea as it collapsed back in over them. Many people today seem to be drowning as the seas of life overwhelm them and they have no faith to keep them afloat or hold back the tide.
Hebrews 11:23-29 NLT
It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command. It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 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. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.
This lack of faith resulting in mass drowning puts me in mind of a famous New Testament story about the power, or rather the problem, of having little faith. When the disciples see Jesus walking on the water, one of them, Peter, has his faith exposed as not as strong as it could be, when, just after he steps out of the boat, he is overwhelmed by fear and begins to sink into the water (Matthew 14:26-31). My Goal for today is to hold on to my faith for dear life, as if it is a life jacket. If I was actually cast adrift at sea in a storm, with nothing but a life jacket between me and certain death, the last thing I’d think of doing would be to stop trusting that the life jacket would keep me afloat. So the same must apply to my faith, the last thing I should think of doing, when I’m all alone and hope is fading fast, is abandon the life jacket that is my faith.
Ezekiel 27:1-28:26, Hebrews 11:17-31, Psalms 111:1-10, Proverbs 27:15-16