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Sun, Nov 22, 2015

A Cloud of Witnesses: Moses

Two things which our culture craves are power and prestige. Of course there are ancillary things which come in like wealth, beauty, fame, etc. and they augment power and prestige but those two primary components usually incorporate other “highly desirable” commodities. Moses, a man with opportunity for both power and prestige, decided against them. Instead, he chose ‘to suffer afflictions with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb. 11:25) Wow, what a choice!! Too often, when “opportunity knocks” we “temporarily” place God on the shelf (a little sarcasm there) so we can enjoy “the good life.” God will have his turn in our activities after we have enjoyed life. Moses, while in his prime made a choice – the choice of suffering with God’s people. Why? Because the willingness to suffer affliction by doing what is right was far more important than “enjoying the pleasures of sin [and they are abundant] for a short time. “ What was the outcome? It was greater than the prestige he may have gained as one of history’s most notable characters. He served God tirelessly, suffered terribly, and was rejected by the many of the people he served.
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