Ziklag: Escape to the Enemy | Hebrews 11:25 | Devotional
Hebrews 11:25 [Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
Sin works. It’s enjoyable. The food that leads to gluttony tastes good. It’s pleasurable. There is a sense of satisfaction in material stuff. It’s fulfilling. The flesh smiles when we let our brain to slip below our belt. Sin works…for a while.
The Greek word translated “short time” describes something that is seasonal. Many living in the season of sin have “never been happier.” They experience a time of power and acceptance. The enjoyment leads to a self-deception that the action was the right thing to do and, for sure, the right thing to continue.
Sin seems to work…but it never does. Sooner or later the season comes to an end. At some point, the food tastes bitter, the stuff wears out, the flesh weeps. Sin is an expensive endeavor and the bills always come due. Obedience always produces blessing. Disobedience never does.
Father, please protect us from ourselves. Help us to see the bitterness and cost of a sinful experience before the experience. Help us, like Moses in today’s passage, to choose obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.