You can’t go with God and stay where you are.

Henry Blackaby accurately said, “You can’t go with God and stay where you are.” Dr. Blackaby frequently used Moses as his star example of this statement.

It takes faith to follow God to an unknown place, believing that he loves us and knows what is best for our lives.

Highlights of Moses’ Faith

The Letter to the Hebrews gives a few highlights of Moses’ faith. When we read the Book of Exodus, we will discover many ways that Moses trusted God in a manner similar to Abraham.

Taking up Blackaby’s saying, we know that we can’t remain in sin and follow God at the same time. Moses illustrates this fact.

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

Choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11.24-25).

The treasures of Egypt were evident to Moses, but he trusted God and followed him to a greater reward. God gave him insight into the Messiah and he was willing to follow.

He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward (Hebrews 11.26).

Anyone who has tried to leave what is familiar to travel to the unknown knows what kind of internal struggle that involves. An enduring trust in God is needed for the journey.

Moses illustrates both trust in God and how God always provides humans with the ability to follow him.

By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible.

By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel (Hebrews 11.27-28).

Trust in Triumph and Trouble

My friend Josh Monk often said, “I never saw Jesus ruin anybody’s life.” God’s power is shown to be mighty in Hebrew history, just as it is today.

The Letter to the Hebrews lists one victory over another because God’s people were willing to trust his power on their behalf. Here is a sample of what the author mentioned.

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned (Hebrews 11.29).

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,

Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, etc. (Hebrews 11.32-33).

Josh’s positive spin on following Jesus must take the long view. As he was dying of cancer, he spoke at Maywood and said, “Jesus doesn’t owe me anything.”

He knew he had been rescued from sin, given a new life, and heaven too.

Faith is willing to leave where we are and go where God leads us, even if it includes death.

The author of Hebrews lists a group of unnamed persons “of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11.38).

These faithful humans followed God in spite of horrific torture and death. They did not reach an earthly Promised Land, but God gave them something better.

Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised,

Since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect (Hebrews 11.39-40).

Josh Monk’s life and death touched many people. His influence continues today, even though he died eight years ago.

Many people have wondered why God “took him home” so soon. That is probably the sentiment about those who have followed Jesus to torture and death throughout the centuries.

Hebrews teaches us that we can’t stay where we are and follow Jesus at the same time. It also teaches us that no matter what happens in our lives following Jesus is the absolute best choice we can make.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews on YouTube. I have been sick for a few days and making videos by myself.

Rudy and I will make new videos next week on the Book of James. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

I am indebted to Gareth Lee Cockerill’s commentary on Hebrews for the information contained in this blog.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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