By Rev. Bob White, pastor of Liberty Church in Cleveland, Texas
One day Supreme Court Justice Wendell Holmes lost his train ticket. As he searched for it, obviously irritated, the conductor said. “It’s okay, your Honor, just mail it in. We all know you and trust you.” Holmes replied, “I’m not concerned about finding my ticket. I just want to know where I’m going!”
When I read this story I remembered Habakkuk 2:2. The Lord told the prophet, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” I think Justice Holmes forgot to write down where he was going.
By faith, Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27)
Moses relinquished the comfort of Pharaoh’s palace because he envisioned the promised land. Moses knew he and the people of Israel were not called to be slaves and to die in Egypt. Because Moses knew where he was going, he was able to endure.
What did he endure? He endured Pharaoh, the mightiest ruler on the earth. He endured the stubbornness of the Hebrews, who grumbled, blamed and rebelled. He endured despite the criticism of his sister Miriam and Aaron, his own family. He endured despite the negative report of the ten spies who came back from the Promised land saying, “The giants are too big, and we are too small.” ‘
Moses did two things that made him a great man of faith. (Hebrews 11:23,24) He knew where he was going or he had a goal or he had a vision. He looked at the invisible (Hebrews 11:21) and he endured the circumstances that came against him.
The word for you today is to know where you are going and to endure. Habakkuk did not stay to stroll toward the vision. He said to run to the vision. Inaction will produce an unclear vision. Do something lest you do nothing.
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