Doing The Impossible

By , December 9, 2013

By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger;
he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)

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There are several truths in the Christian faith that we cannot fully understand. Of course, when speaking about God, we must be humble enough to acknowledge that  we are dealing with a subject that must go beyond our ability to understand.

It is hard enough to try and understand how our universe operates without getting into the complexities of the Creator Who must be far more complex that what he has made.

Our verse today contains an apparent contradiction. The definition of the word “invisible” includes the notion that the thing/person which is invisible cannot be seen. So how did Moses “see” what cannot be seen? Let me suggest some ways Moses and all of God’s people “see” the invisible God.

In Psalm 19:1 (NIV) we read,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

As we study astronomy, physics, and mathematics, and learn more about how immense creation is, we recognize the fact that the One Who put it all together must be even greater than all we see and understand about the universe.

God’s mercy is seen in His kindness toward the evil people around us. Matthew 5:45 (NIV) says,

“…that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

In Romans 1:20 (NIV) we read,

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities
his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that people are without excuse.”

So there is evidence of the power and nature of God in creation for all to see and come to know something about the Creator. This is one way in which Moses learned about the Lord.

We also “see” the Lord in what we call “providence”. God daily directs the path of His people as we read in Scripture. Psalm 1:6 (NIV)

“For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

Moses saw how the Lord preserved his life when he was an infant. He followed the faith of his parents.

Another and the most reliable way to “see” the invisible God is to study Scripture. There we have the best outline of Him and His ways. Psalm 119:50,52 (NIV)

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
[52] I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.”

We learn much about the Lord from reading and meditating on Scripture.

May you “see” the invisible God today in creation, providence and Scripture. May what you see of Him strengthen your heart and mind to continue in the way of truth.

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