Stay close

Hi folks

Hebrews , a book in the New testament in about the last third of the new testament has a great phrase in chapter 11 verse 27 as it says this: ”By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”

This succinct statement illustrates what made the difference between those who succeeded in living by faith (and entered the Promised Land in the ancient world) and those who left Egypt but died during the pilgrimage: Those who succeeded “saw” God!

This is perhaps the simplest and clearest explanation of the nature of faith in the entire Bible. The book of Hebrews is written to a group of people undergoing severe trials. We too have trials, Covid-19, loss of work, reduced income, illness, not seeing family who need us, and so it goes on. The author of this inspired book encourages and counsels those people to persevere through their trials and remain on track for the Kingdom of God. At this point, Moses is the specific illustration of living by faith.

In his relationship with God, Moses is described as being sustained in perseverance as if he literally saw God with His bodily eyes.

Hebrews 11 and verse 1 explains, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Here the author is saying that faith is the confident conviction that, like the foundation of a building, stands under and supports a life lived by faith in the invisible God.

This brings up an important question: How can a person live by faith if he or she does not have sufficient knowledge of the sovereign greatness, closeness, and awesome grace of God? In the mercy that He has already given, God has shown enough of Himself to allow us to begin a relationship with Him. For a new Christian or one who has not developed at all this is just the start but quickly we need more revelation and this will come so that we grow to know Him and fear Him as He desires.

God knows us better than we know ourselves and will reveal Himself to us in the right amounts and at the right time.

The advice from colleagues and friends we are hearing all the time is “stay safe” “stay strong” etc. These are all excellent comments and I fully support them but actually the very best advice just now (and always) is “stay close to God”.

Every blessing

Mark

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