"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.”
DEFAULT TO FAITH
It's so easy for us to make choices and decisions based on what is in front of us in the moment. Whether it's what we have for lunch, or what we say to a co-worker, it's usually geared to immediate benefit and gratification. In contrast, this passage shows Moses recollecting his journey, having made decisions focused on what's ahead instead of what's right now. No matter what might have seemed easy or comfortable, he looked at the big picture, the grand scheme, and what God had in store for his life and for the world, and the part he would play in God’s plans.
From a young age, I inherited from my mother and her side of the family the insatiable urge to eat if there was food in front of me, especially desserts. No matter how big the meal was, how much I had already eaten, if there was more on the table to be had, I would inevitably continue to eat. It was the craving of the taste, texture and often sugar that kept me there, but without fail, an hour or two later I would find myself lethargic, tired, uncomfortable and just outright ill.
How often do we do this in everyday life? We look to fill voids, and we indulge in temporal fixes that end up to our detriment—like a cough drop that covers the temporary symptom but not the root of the problem. Moses placed his faith in a Father he knew would have his best interest in mind. Though seemingly 'good' opportunities were placed in front of him in Pharaoh’s house, he believed in God's 'great' that lay ahead in his true Father's house.
What if we chose, day in and day out, to make faith our default? What if we got a God perspective on our circumstances and decided to make choices based on what God has planned, which will 100% of the time completely over-exceed any plans we could imagine? This doesn't mean that our dreams and goals have no meaning or reason. In John 15, we learn that when we abide in Christ, as we grow in our relationship with Him, our desires and His desires become intertwined, beating with the same heart. But God’s perspective sees our journey and story as a whole, beginning to end. So even as our eyes are focused on the same vision as God, we must trust in His arrangement and timing and purpose to get us there.