Theme: OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS
Text: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” – Hebrews 11:24, 25.
Comment: Moses is described as a man of great faith. He grew up in Pharaoh’s household by Pharaoh’s own daughter, where the temptation to enjoy a life of pleasure and indulgence to every desire was before him. The Egyptians had gods whom (they believed) would supply everything they needed. Moses, with the help of the true God, was able to resist the temptation to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” by choosing a higher calling. God has given us the wisdom to choose to look beyond temporary satisfaction to that which is higher and pleasing to Him. Moses chose to pitch his tent with people serving the true God, “to suffer affliction with the people of God” rather than yield to the immediate gratification that the royal Egyptian household could offer.
Children of God should not be carried away by the pleasures of this present evil world. Scripture says: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abidethfor ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17.