WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
He chose to share the oppression of God’s people
instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Hebrews 11:25 (NLT2)
LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE: PLEASURE RIVALS
In one of Aesop’s fables, he describes an old man who had several sons, who were always falling out with one another. He had often, but to no purpose, exhorted them to live together in harmony. One day he called them together, and he gathered a bundle of sticks and tied them together and asked each one of them to try to break them. Each one tried as hard as they cold but none of them could break the bundle of sticks. Then the father cut the cord that he tied them together with and told his sons to break them separately. This was done with the greatest ease. “See, my sons,” the old man said, “the power of unity!” Bound together by brotherly love, you may defy almost every mortal danger, but divided, you will fall prey to your enemies.
Moses understood the power and plan of God was found in unifying with God’s people. In Hebrews 11:25 we are reminded that Moses had a tough choice. Moses had to consciously choose between pleasure or pain. It would have been more pleasurable, for a season, to serve Pharoah and his false gods. However, to choose to love God and love people meant he would suffer oppression for a season.
We are often tempted to choose the things that are easiest or most pleasurable in life. But in reality, the best things in life often come with a price over time. When you reflect on your life, what things or relationships are you most proud of? Did those things come easily or require hard work and sacrifice? How has choosing pleasure over God cost you at times?
Thank God for the promises of James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”