By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26 ESV)
Mose gave up a life of privilege and royalty when he recognized the surpassing value of following God. It makes me wonder if would ever do the same thing because I am a creature of comfort. I really don’t like to face hardships and hangups. I work through them out of a necessity to survive and with the hope of making my tomorrow a little easier. Who doesn’t do that these days? They say adversity builds character for those who persevere, instilling a mental toughness when we walk through the tough mud of life.
Now these verses say that the pleasures of sin are fleeting, temporary and short lived, implying that the reward that comes from following Christ lasts forever. God wrote eternity into our hearts and I believe that is what Moses pursued (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He understood that there is a greater reward for obeying God who created us all to be in relationship with him.
Leading the entire nation of Israel out of Egypt was not an easy task, but it was God’s will. And along the journey, the people complained, sinned, and wished to be enslaved again because they thought that was much easier than walking with the Lord. The problem they had was that they were short-sighted. They were focused on the here and now, neglecting the longview of God and heaven. And isn’t that some of us today?
When we get frustrated, we call it burnout when in fact the Lord has placed us where we are for a reason. Perhaps the drudgery and misery is intended to give us a better appreciation of God’s goodness? There is nothing wrong with wanting comfort and relief. It’s when we abandon God along the journey that gets us into trouble. So like Moses, we must keep climbing up the mountain to meet God and hear from him (Exodus 24:12). And when he provides instruction and reassurance, then we can enjoy a downhill walk knowing that the Lord has prepared a way before us and will accompany us along the way.