Choosing Rather



Choosing Rather. How short-sighted we tend to be! Like the world, we often do not see Him who is invisible. Even though He may be invisible, does that mean He has no power or doesn't even exist?



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24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowne.

Hebrews 11:24-29, NKJV




Choosing Rather


In Hebrews 11, the wonderful "faith" chapter, we read of the faith of Moses who, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, preferred the reproach of Christ, viewing the riches of Christ far greater than the treasures in Egypt.



Look where that faith took Moses, and look at the profound effect it had on the Children of Israel. I love verse 27, By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.


By the way, what happened to the king and all of his army? By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.


In Christ we have greater treasure than all of the treasures this world can amass. Our treasure is not some fleeting fortune that will not even last for 100 years. Our treasure in Christ, rather, will last for all eternity. Let us take our eyes off the tantalizing temptations of this world and life them to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is greater than any treasure on this earth, and we will live with Him for all eternity. Now that is truly a lasting treasure.



Like children eyeing a candy store, how short-sighted we tend to be! Like the world, we often do not see Him who is invisible. Even though He may be invisible, does that mean He has no power or doesn't even exist? That always reminds me of the story of Elisha when the Syrian army surrounded the city of Dothan.



15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
2 Kings 6:15-17, NKJV



Pray today that you will not succumb to the riches of the world, but find yourself choosing rather the riches of the Kingdom of God. And remember, no matter where you are, and no matter what your circumstances, you are not alone. You are surrounded by the fiery horses and chariots of God!





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