Faith is to our spirit as air is to our body. We can’t live without it! In Hebrews 11, the Word gives us examples of those who lived by faith. Moses is prominent in the list. Let’s see what Moses teaches us about “living by faith.” “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” (Hebrews 11:24-26). Don’t be deceived…you can’t have it all. Moses could not carouse as a “playboy prince” and still walk with God. He could not live for the pleasures of sin and experience the joy of the Lord. Life is full of trade-offs. Moses understood that true faith requires saying “no” to what displeases God and “yes” to His will. Moses’ fellow Egyptians, no doubt, thought he was crazy to throw away the pleasure, power, and perks of being the adopted son of the Pharaoh himself. But Moses chose to view life through the lens of faith. He chose to love and serve the eternal God rather than indulge his carnal cravings. He paid a price for his faith, but the sacrifice was nothing compared to the reward! You get to “vote” on what you pursue as your reward. Faith says, “Look ahead. See through the eyes of faith.” The flesh says, “Who cares about God? Sell your soul for the passing moment.” How will you cast your vote? Faith requires the discipline of right choices and the focus of purpose. Though faith sometimes causes present difficulties, you will discover that the rewards of faith eternally exceed anything the world can offer! Keep the faith…it’s worth it all!
Pastor Mark Boucher