Loving the things of God

“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” (Hebrews 11:25)

Moses was born into a Jewish family who we’re enslaved in Egypt. The Pharaoh at the time was threatened by the rapid expansion of the Jewish community. He commanded that all the male children should be killed. Moses’s mother hid him when he was born and after 3 months put him in a basket and he was found and raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. (Exodus 1-2)

The time came when Moses had to chose between living like an Egyptian and enjoying the luxury of the palace or admit his heritage and work to free his people. Why would Moses give up the “easy” life of luxury in the palace to suffer with the people of his origin? How many of us would give up the chance to live in wealth to admit to who we are?

This would not have been an easy choice for Moses but God knew ahead of time the kind of person that Moses was destined to be. No wonder Moses is considered as one of the greatest prophets, who spoke to God and heard him audibly.

“And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”” (Numbers 12:6-8)

So intimate was God’s relationship with Moses that he confronted his siblings Miriam and Aaron when they spoke against him. God honours obedience and he places value in those who are willing to deny themselves to do his will. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)


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