Hebrews 11 is a thrilling account of men and women who, despite their mistakes, were faithful to God. Among those mentioned in this text is faithful Moses. His service to God is summarized in Hebrews 11:23-29. Moses, like us today, lived in a corrupt world. How did he make it through the trials of life without giving up? I want to make five observations of how Moses was able to live in a world so corrupt.
First, Moses never lost his faith. Throughout these verses we learn that whatever Moses did, he acted by faith. Earlier in the text we are told “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Moses knew that in order to please God, he must never lose his faith. Moses believed in God, and His promises (Rom. 11:22).
Second, Moses chose his companions wisely. Moses chose to “suffer affliction with the people of God.” That old expression, “birds of a feather flock together,” is a very biblical principle. Paul warns that, “Evil companionships corrupt good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33 – ASV). Who we pick to be our friends is an important decision. Be like Moses, and choose your companions wisely.
Third, Moses knew that sins pleasures were temporary. Moses did not want to enjoy the pleasures of sin, even for a season. Sin often provides immediate gratification, yet those pleasures never last. John reminds us that “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17).
Fourth, Moses had a proper sense of values. Moses, esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” Moses understood the principle that we are often reminded of, seeking the kingdom of God first, and all these things will be added unto you (Matt. 6:33).
Fifth, Moses made his decisions based on eternity. “By faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Heb. 11: 27). Paul wrote, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above…” (Col. 3:1-3). Our cares and concerns should be on things that are heavenly. We should ask ourselves the question, “Will this decision help me go to heaven?” Be like Moses, and make your decisions based on eternity.
Southwesterner, February 8, 2009