The year has barely started and there are plenty of reminders that we live in very challenging times. We have stepped into a new year full of hopes, dreams, fears and perhaps a lot of uncertainties and the ‘knock-backs’ have probably already started… These might be issues that we face on a global level as well as our own individual personal lives.
There are questions that dig into my mind and heart… How can we face the hours, days and weeks ahead with a sense of courage? Where can we draw hope from? How can succeed in jumping over all the obstacles ahead – and finish the race well?
There is a very interesting part of Moses’ Curriculum Vitae in Hebrews 11 that I want you to notice and ponder on: ‘…by faith he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.’ (27) Here are different other renditions of the same expression: ‘He endured’ (NASB); ‘He kept right on going’ (TLB); ‘He never flinched’ (Moffat).
What an amazing description of someone’s obedience and faithfulness in following God. If I am allowed to write it – I even envy him. But remember that Moses’ life was peppered with very difficult obstacles. here are some that you may consider and even identify with:
- Guilty past – having committed manslaughter in a moment of anger.
- Leaving safety behind – choosing to lose his royal privileges.
- Opposition – the number of times Pharaoh threatened him.
- Criticism – His people grumbled constantly and accused him.
- Betrayal – His co-leaders/family let him down several times.
- Negativism – spies returning from Canaan.
- Feeling a failure – the people around making him feel like that.
Well, this man knew about hardships, no doubt about it. Therefore he can be a trusted fellow pilgrim or even mentor. I feel like asking him, ‘how did you manage to persevere Moses?’ The author of Hebrews provides us with an insightful hint: ‘he had his eye on the One no eye can see’ (MSG)
That is the simple secret we can take to heart in the midst of a topsy-turvy world – keep Jesus central, focus on Him, serve Him, let Him guide you – let Him be your everything!
This is not as simple as writing words on a blog – I know that too well through personal experience… It is unbelievably challenging. In fact it is totally impossible – on your own.
But with His equipping, strengthening and empowering all things are possible! But it is also matter of personal choice. Daily surrender. Constant. Dynamic. Unconditional. Whatever your dreams, hopes, battles and obstacles – remember that!