We often come across that phrase “By faith” when we read the book of Hebrews. In Chapter 11 we read that faith was key in the life of Moses.
- By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, ………..and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. (v23)
- By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (v24)
- By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king (v27)
- By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land (v29)
It’s always faith that led Moses throughout his life. Whether it was in the ark of bulrushes down by the river, when dealing with Pharaoh or leading the Israelites through the Red Sea, it was “by faith” that Moses lived his life.
God in his providence knew all about this virus and its impact long before we did. He knew exactly how this episode in history would start and he knows exactly how it will end. And “By faith” church we’ll be able to get through the current ongoing coronavirus health scare with His guiding hand leading us all the way. Moreover, just like Moses’ parents who were “not afraid of the King’s commandment”, we also need not live in a state of fear.
We’ve seen a lot of overreactions over the last few weeks with things like supermarket shelves stripped bare and a lot of people taking drastic actions. We’re not doing that, we’re not making the decisions we’re taking out of fear. We believe that God is sovereign and in control. God wasn’t surprised by the coronavirus, He knew it was coming. We are doing our part to help, support, care and love the community we live in as well as our congregation. To help protect those folks who are vulnerable in our community and church.
We know the next few months are going to be tough. I imagine they were pretty tough for Moses and his family, but we need to remember the 2 key points of Hebrews 11 and the story of Moses.
- Live “by faith”
- Don’t live in fear (be not afraid)
So let’s focus a whole lot less on how much toilet roll Tesco have in stock and a whole lot more on our Lord and Saviour and how he will see us through these challenging times.