“By faith Moses….choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (He.11:24-25).”
Moses by a stroke of good fortune was intended for a life of comfort and circumstance. His parents fearing the displeasure of the Pharaoh let go off their three months old baby only to discover that he found favor with the Pharaoh’s daughter who took him home. Growing up in pomp and circumstance in the palace, Moses, in the eyes of the world was a very lucky man. So his choice, as the key verse informs us, that he would rather suffer than enjoy pleasure is of great significance. Faith by definition sets sights on what was to come. Moses growing up in a palace therefore had set sights on life beyond. It is thus a child of God exercises faith and prepares for life to come.
What is life of faith?
For any child of God it shall become clear that there is no such thing as luck or accident.
Faith is a gift. It is what the glory of God has left as His visiting card: the earth was void and empty. God created the earth and the fullness thereof. The means with which God accomplished is an invisible quality and it is faith. Either one uses it or one does not.
It is also faith that makes every child of God a perfect match with the eternal emblem, which is kept in heaven. The problem is how shall this faith grow considering the general tendency of material body is to seek pleasure and avoid pain? It is a question that makes human understanding of luck flawed since rational thinking of man needs certainties as grist to his intellectual mill. In logic man sets down sets of assumptions axioms but fallacies of the living however clever owe to the great unknown called Death. Death is the great hedge, over which no intellectual mower can work so any idea of luck must remain an idea and nothing else. Suffering and death for man is waste of human potential and pleasures of the senses real. It is in this context the life of Moses offers a great lesson to us. ‘Moses endured, as seeing him who is invisible’ and his life can give us a good example upon which to build our life of faith.
In the parable of the pearl of great price the merchant knew the worth of the pearl and also he was certain that he had the means to possess it. Similarly Abraham Isaac and Jacob lived in tabernacles, not having received the promises but having seen them far off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (He.11:13, 9). Faith is the evidence of things not seen. It is a quality that endows the subject foreknowledge. “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; (Isa.11:12)” It is what the spirit of faith does (2 Co.4:13; 1 Co.2:10). It is also the spirit of truth. Faith is of such quality that the Spirit of the Lord of which we speak rather in a general sense as faith. By relying on this spirit they all received good report and Moses was no exception. When God qualified Abraham as a prophet he had assessed his faith correctly. Moses as a servant was faithful to Him that appointed which could not come about without being faithful.
We shall see God had seen in him worthy of glory on account of his faith. The Spirit sets him as a forerunner of Jesus Christ as a son over his own house (He.3: 6, 5). In the next post we shall consider the law of gradation that makes life of faith in body in comparison with spiritual body.