credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharoah's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. ~ Hebrews 11:24-28
Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter because of all the examples of faith from the history of the Israelites that are given there. I've read and heard it often and most time I find myself focusing on Abraham's life when I do. But today Moses' story really struck me.
Moses had everything that a person could want on this earth. He had wealth, power and comfort. He could have said that God put him there so that must be where He wants him. But he was willing to look deeper than the surface. He was willing to look past his own comforts and see the suffering of those around him. And, because, he had faith in the God who had saved him from death, he was able to step out and take action on behalf of those who were suffering.
As Christians, we too have been saved from death, from eternal physical and spiritual death. And we too are called to step out in faith in the One who saved us from death and reach out to the suffering around us. All of us are called to take the action of praying for those who are suffering - spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. And then, as we are led by God, to move out in other areas as well. The same God that Moses put his faith in, and allowed to guide him in delivering the people of Israel, is the God we can put our faith in to guide us in reaching out to a suffering world around us.