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The Valley Of Decision

During the early life of Moses, the faith of his parents and sister were instrumental, under the hand of God, in the preservation of his life. The time came when Moses' personal faith and conviction were apparent. "By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter" (Heb. 11:24). Moses' opportunities for self-advancement in Egypt were tremendous. The cultural and financial resources of Egypt were at his disposal. But Moses renounced all this; he turned his back on it once for all, and he never regretted his choice. As Stephen said of Moses, "It came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel" (Acts 7:23). Moses' actions were prompted by love, not sentiment. Having identified himself with his own people in their sufferings, it became necessary for him to flee from Egypt. He spent a period of 40 preparatory years in the wilderness, awaiting the call of God.

When that call came, he responded.

We often think of Moses as a man who had remarkable mountain-top experiences. It was on the summit of Sinai that Moses received the law of God. It was from the top of Pisgah that he viewed the promised land. After his death he was given the wonderful experience of being with the Lord on the mount of transfiguration. Moses did have mountain-top experiences, but he passed through the valley of decision first.

There are times of crisis in the spiritual lives of us all. There are many decisions others cannot make for us. The advice and guidance of others are valuable, but personal resolution is also required. Sometimes we may be faced with a decision when we are quite alone, no one else is near to whom we can look for advice. We must learn to rely upon the Word of God, and (he guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Moses has been misrepresented by some modern writers. He was not an adventurous patriot; his motives will stand the closest scrutiny. He was a man of great spiritual vision; "he looked unto the recompense of reward" (Heb. 11:26).