“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)
Moses is the man referred to in our verse for today. He was the adopted son of an Egyptian princess and so had a great education as a member of the royal family. His future was very promising and great authority and power was at his disposal.
So when we read that he “forsook Egypt” we are to understand he gave up singular privilege and prestige and incurred the wrath of the reigning Pharaoh. We ask ourselves how could he do that and the answer is that he saw the invisible God. This sounds like double talk. The very definition of the word invisible means the thing cannot be seen physically.
Seeing the invisible God is the source of great help in our faith journey just as it was to Moses so long ago. So how do we “see” the invisible God? There are various ways to see God and we just mention one today.
We can see God in the world around us. The Psalmist David tells us in Psalm 19:1-2,
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.”
So all of creation demonstrates the mighty power and glory of God.
Learning of the incredible power of the stars can frighten us as we ponder the greater power of the Creator whose hand holds the cosmos together. Our Sun’s power is produced by nuclear fusion reactions. Each second about 700,000,000 tons of hydrogen are converted to about 695,000,000 tons of helium and 5,000,000 tons of energy. In spite of such vast amounts of material being used up every second it will take more than 5 billion years before the sun will consume all of its fuel.
Our sun is not nearly as large as UY Scuti—perhaps the largest known star with a volume 5 billion times that of our Sun. It seems impossible to imagine such giants lurking in space. The more we learn about our universe the greater is our worship of the God who made it.
Has your vision of your God been focused as we think about the immensity of what He spoke into existence? Look at the stars tonight and ponder anew the incalculable power of the God Who provides for you each step of your faith journey. His resources are limitless and so you shall receive all the strength you need to press on in your life here on earth. We read in 1 Chronicles 16:25
“…great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…”
See the Lord in creation and rejoice in praise for His mighty power available to us who believe.