The Decision Of Faith
DECISIONS determine destiny! Our decisions have far-reaching effects on many others and us. The decisions of Moses’ parents had effect, not only on the family but also on the whole nation of Israel. As for Moses, it is doubtful we would have heard anything about him but for his choice, his decision, on account of which Israel was delivered from bondage, God’s covenant with Abraham was fulfilled, God’s power was made known to Egypt and the world and divine revelation in written form has become available to the whole world among others. Our decisions reveal who we are and also determine how useful or useless we would be in life. Above all, our decisions determine where we shall spend eternity.
Some seemingly simple and unimportant decisions have great consequences. When decisions are taken in fear, unbelief, or because of negative reaction, revenge and frustration, we may unknowingly be committing spiritual suicide. Every decision ought to be taken in faith. There will be no regrets when we take all our decisions with God.
Therefore, we must take no decision without God. The parents of Moses were married at a difficult time in Egypt. And Moses was born when there was an edict to destroy all male infants. The parents hid the child for three months. When it became impossible to continue hiding the child, they took another decision – a decision of faith. Moses was preserved, Israel was delivered and the world was blessed! Our decisions either bring God on our side or set Him against us. Decisions of faith shield and protect us from Satan, while decisions of unbelief expose us to Satan and his agents.
“Another king arose, which knew not Joseph” (Acts 7:18). This new evil king made a law that the male infants born to Israelites should be killed. “They cast out their young children, to the end they might not live” (Acts 7:19). It was at this time that Moses was born (Acts 7:20). Why didn’t the parents act in fear and surrender their child, Moses, to be killed under the cruel edict? “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents… And they were not afraid of the king’s commandment” (Hebrews 11:23). The parents of Moses received divine protection for the child because they acted in faith.
The strong, spiritual, supernatural faith they had in God strengthened and sustained their hearts in the crisis. Their faith in God overcame the fear of man. Faith enables us to look away from human terrors, and to put our trust in the unseen, invisible God (Psalm 27:1).
In times of persecution, the promises of God are our great protection. If we believe in God, all the laws that men make against the promises that God has given to His Church are doomed to certain failure.“Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).
There are some bold decisions that can only be taken in faith by those that see the great spiritual heights that God is calling them to. To reject such privilege and prestige as Moses rejected demands real faith in God. Carnal reasoning could have said, ‘Why not accept to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and use the position to reform Egypt? Why not use this royal privilege to lessen the oppression of the Hebrews? Why not accept the prestige of being called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter so as to escape much affliction and suffering?’ Only bold faith in God can make us reject Satan’s scholarship to greatness.
A man is known by his choice – by his decision. You cannot know a man fully until you know what he accepts or rejects by faith and his conviction in God. Our spiritual life, faith, maturity can be measured by our daily decision. Faith views eternity to come and rejects the privileges and prestige of this passing world that will soon fade away. Moses knew that God preserved him to deliver Israel from Egypt.
To remain in Egypt’s palace when God wanted him to lead Israel out of Egypt would be unbelief and disobedience to God. Some people find it difficult to make the sacrifices (self-denial and separation from the world) that Christ requires because they have no faith. Believe as Moses believed, and you will find it easy to decide and choose as Moses did.
Further References (King James Version): Hebrews 11:23-26; Exodus 1:16,22; 2:1-10; Acts 7:18-21; Hebrews 13:6; Psalms 56:4; 118:6; Isaiah 51:7,13,15,16; Psalm 91:1-5; Exodus 2:10; Acts 7:21-23; Philippians 3:4-8; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:6,7; Psalm 84:10; Acts 7:23,24; Ruth 1:11-18; 2:11,12; 2 Samuel 15:19-23; Acts 20:23,24; Romans 16:3,4.
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