Confidence to Face the Unknown
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Read | Hebrews 11:23-29
phrase “by faith” occurs five times in today’s short Scripture reading
from Hebrews. In fact, it appears in every full sentence. Essentially,
we are told that by faith Moses endured ill treatment, left Egypt, observed the Passover, and passed through the Red Sea.
are the words “by faith” so critical to this story? The reason is that
Moses’ faith allowed him to join a long list of biblical heroes who
were called to move forward into impossible situations, armed only with
their trust in God.
course, at times these great men and women—Abraham, Sarah, Jacob,
David, and many others—must have been filled with reservation and even
fear. Yet by choosing to place their lives in God’s hands and to follow
His call, each of them was able to accomplish great and mighty things
in the name of the Lord.
path through life can be dark and confusing; it can be difficult and
at times unsettling to move forward with the lantern of God’s guidance
shining only a step or two ahead of us. We want to know more, we want
to see what lies ahead, and we want a guarantee of success.
worries and fears of the unknown, however, do not in any way diminish
or deter our sovereign, omniscient Lord. Instead, He desires that each
of us step forward in faith. He has promised that when we do so, He
will provide us with the guidance we long for (Isa. 30:21).
you’re currently being called to move forward by faith but are having
trouble doing so, call upon the Lord of Abraham, Moses, and David. He
strengthened each of them, and He’ll surely strengthen you.