24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. (ESV)
Think. Believe. Obey.
I’m struck by observing the relationship between thinking, faith, and choosing to obey.
Trusting God involves viewing options in a variety of ways and then choosing the best option from an eternal perspective. Like James, the writer of Hebrews construes Moses as putting a certain spin on the pleasures of Egypt and the sufferings of identifying with the people of God. From a worldly perspective, one would obviously choose the immediate pleasure. But from the eternal perspective, trusting God that He has a glorious future planned for his children, the road of suffering is the obvious choice. Why? Because this road is the pathway to eternal joy. True faith must be grounded in God’s existence and in His promise to do good for those who trust Him (see 11:6).
(This was originally posted on the Biblearc blog by Tom Steller on July 23, 2015.)