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. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:24-27
Do you have life verses? Is it hard to just center in one or two? Well, these verses are in my top three of verses that have been my anchors throughout my journey of faith, one which began over 50 years ago. There have been up’s and there have been down’s. There have been many victories and there have been some defeats. I look back at the tough times when I just had to hang on to promises from the Word, pray and wait. The mind verbs in these verses just ring in my head.
My experience is that the emotion of following Jesus can wear thin, even get ugly. Good old Dr. Seuss has some wisdom in his book, “Oh the Place You Will Go.”
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
When you get in the slump, or when you are at forks in the road, facing value decisions, temptations, opposition, or the wait of faith, get these mind verbs front and center. Verbs are action words, like run, skip or hop. These are mental actions words. What we are anchored on determines how we choose at the many junctures we face.
Refuse. Moses refused to be known as royalty, even though life would have been a lot easier. Choose. Moses chose to be mistreated rather than to to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Consider. Other words for ‘consider’ are to think carefully about, to contemplate, to deem or to judge. There’s the value judgment part–you have to weigh which thing pleases God, which doesn’t, or what has more eternal implications. Moses deemed that the scorn of being a God follower was better in the end.
Look. Moses was looking ahead to the reward. Looking ahead demands short term self denial and not immediate gratification. It’s called delayed gratification. One day there will be a reward for that. See. Moses somehow saw Him who was invisible. That God revelation had to have started even before the burning bush, and it continued throughout the difficult days of getting to the Promised Land.