Read: Hebrews 11:23-29

During the Cold War (1947-1991), it was a time of tension between the world’s superpowers. At that time, Albert Einstein had said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” The consequences of the choice to fight a nuclear war were clear. Regardless of the motives for making such a choice, the results would be shattering. Unfortunately, we do not always see ahead with such clarity. Sometimes the implications of our choices are hard to anticipate. And sometimes we think only in that precise moment.

Moses looked ahead and made a choice based on possible consequences. According to Heb. 11:24-26,  “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

Moses’ choice was not easy, but its rightness was made clear because he knew that the troubles he faced for godly living were made bearable by his future reward. As we look ahead and into the future, are we willing to bear “the reproach of Christ” – the tough and difficult times that come with being associated with Jesus – in exchange for the promised reward of pleasing God? If we depend on Christ for everything, He will give us the grace to endure anything.

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