For by it the elders obtained a good report.11:3 Through “it” we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
But without “it”, it is impossible to please The Father: for a person that cometh to God must ‘it’ that God is, and that The Creator is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
As Christians, we must learn to express the anguished “how long?” of lament even as we trust that God will restore a world that is not as it should be. Faith is not passive. It actively follows. Rather than move ahead of God, we must learn, as Moses did, that we must follow God. The narrative of Moses’s failure in Exodus 2:11-15 stands as a reminder that our instincts, however righteous and well-intentioned, are no substitute for God’s deliverance. As hard as it may be, we cannot seek to right the world’s wrongs apart from God. So, we have to have the faith to follow, but, more than that, we must have the faith to be moved. Whereas Moses’s early action stepped ahead of God, his later reticence to return to Egypt may well reflect how many of us feel about addressing injustice. We have the faith to follow to a point, but not beyond it. We need the faith to become more than who we are now. We need the faith to come together with one another, to hear the prayers of our brothers and sisters from different walks of life, to embrace them and their concerns and, in doing so, come to know them.
We need to ask God for the wisdom that begins with the fear of the Lord and combats our tendency to remain unchanged. We need to ask uncomfortable questions that push us to be transformed more closely to the image of Christ.
- To what extent does our perception of God overshadow who God really is?
- In what ways are we allowing a void to develop in our testimony?
- How are we denying members of the body plagued by ongoing experiences of injustice in the world and the church the space to join, to be heard, to be known, and to be embraced?
If we desire to be a community that moves together, knows one another’s struggles, listens to the challenges of our fellows, and embraces one another as we live our lives together, we cannot avoid such questions.