S (Scripture) – Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.”
O (Observation) – Faith is traditionally seen by the world as a noun (a thing) – something you either have or do not have. People have “faith” in all kinds of various people, institutions, governments, and systems that they trust to meet their needs and provide them hope.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” This kind of faith we study in Hebrews is one of action. It is the conscious decisions we make and directions we walk in as a result of the truth we believe and have faith in.
Moses could have lived a very comfortable life growing up as a prince in Pharaoh’s palace. There was certainly no earthly reason for him to walk away from the “riches and treasures of Egypt” and “the passing pleasures of sin.” He had no worries, servants to do his bidding, and anything he could have ever wanted that this earth has to offer.
We should take notice, then, that he walked away from all of it. Not only did he abandon that life of comfort, he marched right into a life of persecution. It was his choice to do so. Why in the world would someone actually decide to live a life of “ill-treatment with the people of God” rather than what he had going for him? The answer is that “he was looking to the reward.” He wasn’t concerned about the details of his present day circumstances – he was focused on the eternal promises of God, and demonstrated his devotion to that calling by actually doing something about it.
A (Application) – Many may profess with their mouths that they have faith in Jesus. They may even attend church regularly, and maybe even volunteer to help various ministries from time-to-time. All of these are good actions to take, but ultimately where the proverbial “rubber meets the road” is when life takes a turn and collapses beneath us, huge decisions need to be made about our futures, and what the promises are on our lips. What do our decisions say about our faith? Are we demonstrating our trust in our Sovereign God by what we say and do each day?
P (Prayer) – Lord Jesus, thank You that You can be trusted, and that Your promises are true. May I never doubt Your heart, despite what the circumstances are all around me.