“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:24-27, NKJV
Life is made up of decisions. Consciously or subconsciously, we make several hundred decisions every day (no wonder we feel so tired at the end of the day). Choices, options, and preferences abound. Many times the greatest struggle in life is choosing the best over the good. One way to focus on the best is to identify our priorities. Having established our priorities, we are enabled to make the best choices.
Moses made some hard choices, but they reflected his personal priorities. He identified who he was – an Israelite and not an Egyptian. He accepted his personal responsibilities. He did not blame others for his difficulties or take the “easy way.” He valued the eternal more than the temporal. He made sacrifices, endured difficulties, and he persevered in the will of God. Moses refused to let obstacles and problems get him down, except on his knees.
Establishing and maintaining priorities can be challenging. The “pleasures and treasures in Egypt” glistened ever so brightly. But Moses saw the reward, not the treasure, the reward of a living faith. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Examine your life. Consider your priorities. Make the decision to choose God’s best by faith.
“God gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him.”
QUESTION: Are you faced with choices that compromise your testimony for Christ? Your personal purity? Your financial or relational integrity? Your daily walk? What can you learn from the faith expressed by Moses?