The story of Moses is one of the most interesting and spiritually informative episodes in the Bible. He was born under an Egyptian edict to kill all the Hebrew babies because of their population explosion. Through a series of supernatural spiritual events Moses was saved from death, was adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter and became a prince of Egypt. Later, on the spur of the moment he killed a man and fled into the wilderness for forty years to tend sheep. At the end of the forty years God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian captivity and into the Promised Land.
After living forty years in the wilderness he tried to beg off the job because he said that he couldn’t articulate well what God wanted to get across to the Egyptians so God gave him a spokesman in his brother Aaron. Moses and Aaron go before the Pharaoh and ask that the children of Israel be given their freedom from slavery and allowed to leave the land. The Pharaoh is emphatic that is never going to happen because they need the Israelites to work the land and work on their large building projects.
The result is that God pronounces judgment upon Egypt through the two witnesses, Aaron and Moses and plagues begin to fall. Each time the plagues become more destructive as the environment of Egypt begins to change under God’s hand. Eventually, the Pharaoh says Moses can take the slaves and go but then changes his mind and another even more fearsome plague falls on the Egyptians. Finally Moses tells him if you don’t let the children of Israel go a plague will fall upon the land that will destroy the firstborn son of every family in Egypt. The Pharaoh hardens his heart and the event takes place, but the Israelite families were not affected because they had placed the blood of lambs on their doorposts as Moses had told them, and as a result the plague did not come to their homes.
The children of Israel could not miss the symbolism of what was happening. Those people who were in rebellion against the will of God fell under judgment and those who chose to be under the protection of the blood of the Lamb lived. The Pharaoh realized that everything in his land would be destroyed if he continued to fight against God so he let the children of Israel go, then changed his mind again and sent his army out to bring them back. That was another big mistake for the Pharaoh because this time he lost his life when the Red Sea closed in over the army and they drowned.
In Hebrews chapter 11 we find these words concerning Moses, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured at seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.” Hebrews 11: 23-29
By faith Moses lived his life in the face of all the might of the Egyptian Pharaoh and the power of the state. Moses and Aaron with only their staffs brought the strongest nation of their day to its knees because they were walking under the instructions and directions of God. Many of us face troubles that seem to overwhelm us and we wonder if they will ever end, but this is where our faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1 gives us a definition of faith, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith has two components; first we have assurance of things hoped for and second, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is trust that God does not leave us alone or forget about us in our troubles. Faith leads us to understand that God has answers for our needs and problems that we cannot yet see, but He will deliver us and watch over us through these storms of life.
Most of all faith teaches us that we are under the blood of the Lamb and that our future is assured in spite of the problems we face today. Take a few minutes to read the first chapter of James and you will see why we can call it all joy when we face trials and temptations. Moses was a man with many failings, a quick temper, and fearful personality yet God took him and made him into the most dynamic man of the Old Testament. He became the right man, at the right place, at the right time because he was willing to put his faith in God even though every odd was against him.
Take your cares to Jesus and have faith that He will watch over you and your needs. Step out in faith as God directs and leads you in how to deal with these problems. Ask God for wisdom in prayer on how to relate to your situation and then trust God to direct you to the solutions. God loves us more than we can ever imagine, after all we are His children and He wants the best for us. Keep up your courage and trust in God and He will lead you to your Promised Land.