"It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward." - Hebrews 11:24-26 NLT
Thoughts for Today
At the time of Moses' birth, an Egyptian decree commanded that all Hebrew male babies be killed. To protect him, his mother placed him in a basket where he was found by the daughter of Pharaoh, who adopted him. He grew up with all the luxuries and privileges of Egyptian royalty.
When Moses was forty, he decided to visit his brethren. Outraged when he saw an Egyptian beating a fellow Israelite, he killed the Egyptian. Defending his fellow Israelite did not bring him thanks or honor from anyone. The Israelites did not recognize him as a rescuer from God and refused his role as a peacemaker. He knew the Egyptians would denounce and punish him. And so he fled to the wilderness where he lived the next forty years as a shepherd.
Consider this …
Moses could have easily accepted his role as Pharaoh's grandson and become a part of the king's court. Instead, he made a choice. He chose to identify himself with the oppression of his own people. He wasn't ruled by what people thought. Why? Because he had faith in the promises of God given to Abraham and his descendants. He chose eternal rewards over temporary pleasures of life.
We make choices throughout our lifetime. Choices between wrong and right. Choices between our way and God's way. Choices between looking good to people and looking good to God. What choices will you make today?
Father, help me make right choices. Help me choose doing what is right over what is easy. Help me choose to please you rather than others. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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