“He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” Hebrews 11:25
I have always admired Moses for exchanging the wealthy lifestyle he was assured in Pharoah’s house. Instead, he willing traded that for a position in which he could identify with his own people, even though that meant a life of sheer discomfort and pain.
The unsaved who don’t know this invisible God we worship would never choose a life of faith. If this world is all there is, then obviously there is no reason to live righteously. We may as well eat, drink, and be merry, right? This world offers a lot of pain, so if God doesn’t exist, then we’ll kill the pain with enjoying the luxuries.
This isn’t the case though. God, in His Sovereignty, is working in ways we cannot see. Jesus is coming again very soon. All will acknowledge His Lordship. The writer of Hebrews clearly stated Moses knew this.
This is a wonderful example of what faith should look like in each of our lives. There shouldn’t be teeter-tottering between obedience and indulging ourselves sinfully, hoping that everything will work out in the end. We need to see the big picture. Our life on earth is only a microscopic fragment of our existence. We need to be willing, like Moses, to stake our lives on this.
A clarity of our vision will help us ground our lives into what matters and what is eternal. We need confidence in the truth of God’s Word so we are not led into a sinful lifestyle. When we only speculate on our eternal life with Jesus in His Kingdom, the pleasures of this life become more tempting (Hebrews 11:1)
With this in mind, let’s make Godly decisions today.
In His love,