By faith he [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible (Hebrews 11:27).
Persevere. I have a hard time spelling it, much less living it. It’s one thing to make it through a nasty cold or bout with the flu. It’s something altogether different to persevere through chronic illness and cancer treatments. It’s one thing to check off today’s to-do list, it’s quite another to persevere when we’re buried beyond what seems possible.
And while it’s good and right to celebrate when we make it to the other side of a disagreement, debt, or another difficulty, it’s disheartening when we wonder if our current tunnel has an exit ramp.
When God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring His people out of Egypt, he may have thought the Exodus was the exit ramp. In reality, the journey had only begun! How did Moses make it not only through the Red Sea, but through the wilderness of rebellion, complaining, and challenges? Look where he looked. This is the key to perseverance!
Moses’ eyes were not fixed on the visible—a sea too big to cross, people too big to feed, and an enemy bent on their destruction. His gaze was locked on the Invisible! “He persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).
Struggling to persevere? Look at what you are looking at. Are you primarily seeing the visible or the Invisible? May God open the eyes of our hearts to see Him!
God is for you and with you. He sees you and your visibles. He loves you with an unstoppable, never-ending, never-failing love.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.
Helen Howarth Lemmel