Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; (25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
In our last video, we spoke about the faith of Moses’ parents and how they chose God’s way of doing things rather than the way of those who did not honor God. We find in today’s reading that Moses must have also possessed the same kind of faith as his parents. Maybe he possessed this kind of faith because his mother, who was assigned to be his nurse by Pharoah’s daughter, probably taught Moses about faith in God. More importantly though, we know Moses possessed the same kind of faith as his parents not just because they taught him about faith, but also because of the decisions he made in his life.
In Exodus 2:11 – 12, Moses made a crucial decision that would change the trajectory of his life forever. This decision would make it abundantly clear that Moses had chosen to side with the Hebrews rather than the Egyptians.
He decided to protect a Hebrew slave from an Egyptian who was abusing the Hebrew slave. In doing so, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. Some people today may say Moses was just trying to do a good deed; however, in Egyptian culture, killing an Egyptian citizen to protect a Hebrew slave meant certain death. This is because the Egyptians considered Hebrew slaves to be far less valuable than their own citizens.
Because of this decision, Moses gave up all his rights and future potential status he would have had in Egyptian society. Many Egyptians around him probably thought he was crazy for making this decision! They may have even considered him to be a traitor but Moses understood that the kingdoms of this earth are temporary. He knew that even the Egyptian kingdom, with all its glory, would one day fall and that the kingdom of God would stand forever! He looked beyond what everyone else saw and chose to be part of God’s eternal kingdom even if it meant suffering for a short time in this life. Moses truly had Faith that Makes the Right Choices!
The next time you face a similar situation where you have to make a decision that shows whose side you are on, our prayer for you is that you will choose to be on God’s side even if it means forfeiting the temporary comforts of this life to do so. We pray you’ll learn to develop Faith that Makes the Right Choices!
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