Here is another verse that had been a head-scratcher for me. What did God mean by stating that Moses did not fear the king’s anger? Wasn’t that the whole reason he left Egypt: to run away from Pharaoh’s wrath? Didn’t he flee for his life because the king was so irate that he wanted to kill him?
God loves it when we ask Him questions. He let me wonder about this one for a long while (sometimes He answers quickly; and sometimes in His wisdom, He takes His time providing the understanding). The day did eventually come when He suddenly dropped the answer into my spirit. He explained, this verse is not talking about the first time Moses left Egypt, but the second time he left — leading the children of Israel out of slavery. That second time around, he was fearless enough to lead the exodus in the face of the Pharaoh’s fierce anger.
Now that was an occasion where you would have to choose courage. From that very first face-to-face encounter with brutal, hard-hearted Pharaoh, Moses had to have a whole lot of inner strength to persevere. Tension must have built by intense degrees inside of this servant of God, each subsequent meeting he had with the Egyptian ruler. His faith was tested to the limit as again and again, the strategies offered by God did not seem to change the tide. Pharaoh’s heart just seemed to get harder and harder. But Moses, displaying enormous valor, saw it through to the historic climax we all love reading about.
How did he do it? Our verse for today gives us the answer. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27, NIV). He saw God. He saw the invisible One. His encounters with the great I AM caused strength to reign in his heart instead of fear. They fueled his faith. God gave this testimony about him: “With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord” (Num. 12:8, NIV).
You know what? In the New Covenant, God has given us even closer access to Him than Moses had. You and I can speak face to face with God too, as a person speaks with their friend. He has given us the flabbergasting privilege of becoming the place where He Himself lives. You and I can see Him who is invisible too.
And in seeing Him, we can persevere. No matter what we face today, encountering God will cause strength to reign in our hearts instead of fear. He is waiting for you. With arms outstretched, He is longing to meet with you. Will you come face to face with Him today? Will you speak to Him as your Friend?
Have you noticed that God sometimes answers your questions quickly, and sometimes slowly? Why do you think He does this?