He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward. By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king’s anger, for he persevered as though he could see the one who is invisible. – Hebrews 11:26-27
One of the greatest dangers I see right now in our Christian culture is the continued influence of the Prosperity Gospel. The teaching and belief that if you are living your life for the Lord, He will bless you with wealth, health, and comfort. Yet, when we read the Bible for ourselves and examine the lives of those who lived their lives faithfully to our Lord, we see they were ordinary men and women who faced persecutions in life and daily depended on the Lord, clinging to His promises. They forsook the temptation of the world to appear other than who they truly were: completely dependent on Him.
Moses is a great example of this. Raised in Egyptian royalty, he had the world at his fingertips. As an adopted son to an Egyptian princess, Moses could have had an easy life, a life of comfort, power, and wealth. And yet, having seen what the world had to offer, he returned to his true heritage and left his palace and easy life behind.
Why? We see the answer in Hebrews 11:26 “He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.”
Coming from a man who had everything the world could offer, Moses knew the shallowness of the world’s treasures and he desired true eternal treasures over temporary ones. So he made a decision and fixed his eyes on God instead of the world and that decision made all the difference in his life.
Moses left his life of worldly privilege and never looked back. He wanted true freedom, freedom that could only be found in God.
Moses chose faithfulness over financial stability. I wonder sometimes how much influence his biological parents had on him as a young child before they placed him in the Nile River by faith to protect him, trusting God with his life.
We see in verse 27 that Moses grew to be a man who lived by faith, much like his Israelite parents. By faith, Moses left Egypt behind and stepped forward trusting God with the unknown.
I believe a lot of us are at a crossroads right now, too. Do we step out in faith, trusting God and clinging to His promises or are we content to stay in our lands of “Egypt” and choose temporary treasures over eternal ones?
Like Moses, we need to fix our eyes on the eternal reward regardless of the cost. This world is not our home. May we be unlike the generation of Israelites whom Moses helped free from Egypt but who longed for their old way of life instead of their new freedom found in God. They were a generation of people who continued to doubt and trust God. Though they saw God’s amazing miracles, they tragically still doubted His ability to protect them when it was time for them to cross into their long awaited promise land. May we learn from their mistakes and instead choose to live lives of faith. May we, like Moses, fix our eyes on what really matters and boldly walk forward knowing our God is with us each step of the way. It doesn’t mean we won’t face giants in the new lands, but it does mean we won’t face them alone.
I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.” – Joshua 1:9
Love God Greatly!