Hebrews 11:24, 25, „ 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.‟
There was a great commission in the life of Moses. He was called to be the leader of Israelites, to bring them out of bondage and lead them to the Promised Land. But when the Spirit of God tapped me, I saw that Moses had to come out of the palace of Pharaoh after this great promise was given to him. Even though he had a great promise, there was a choice that was set before him, to choose or to refuse. God has a purpose in each and everyone‟s life, but God has given us the right to choose His plan. He will never force His will on us, but He waits for us to realize His plans and choose accordingly. Moses could have enjoyed the luxury of the palace and could walk like a prince before the children of God. But Apostle Paul beautifully expressed that when Moses grew and was mature, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh‟s daughter. I would put the words of Paul in this way, that when Moses realized the truth, when he tasted the real joy…he rejected the sonsship and kingship of the earth to gain the same of heaven. Moses knew that he could be called as the son of Pharaoh for a maximum of 80 years, but that the reward of the Lord is eternal. Treasures of Egypt would end one day, but the greater riches in Christ would endure forever. If you want to take up something, you need to give up something. We cannot take God’s will and our will together. If you want the will of God to be done in your life, then you need to give up your will. Remember the prayer of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, „Take this cup away from me, but not my will. Let your will be done‟… Jesus chose to take the cup because He saw you and me in eternity. Hebrews 12:2 says ….‟for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.‟ He chose the cross and shame, because He saw the joy of salvation! Amen! So all these things tell us that before choosing, we need to have a right vision of the right thing.A boy was just checking his father‟s knowledge. So he took one butterfly in his hand and asked “Father, the butterfly which is in my hand- is it dead or alive?” The Father kept silent for a second and replied him “Son, it is in your hand”. Choosing the right and wrong is in our hands. When God made man and woman, He told them not to eat from the tree which was in the midst of the garden. He didn‟t take away the tree from the garden. He advised them not to eat from that tree, and gave them the freedom to decide. God will always advice us about the truth but will give us the choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life”….God has set life and death, blessing and cursing before us and He has advised us to choose life…but, the final choice is in our hands. We all know the end of Moses. Everyone might have thought that Moses took a wrong decision, by despising the treasures of Egypt, but he had seen greater riches of Canaan, while he was still in the palace…What we choose here, will be revealed on that DAY! Even though Moses had many promises, he had to choose greater riches over the temporary riches. As I mentioned earlier, if you want to choose the right thing, you need to have a right vision. What enabled Moses to choose the right choice and greater riches? The answer is in verses 27. „By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.‟ He feared not the visible king, because he saw the „Invisible one‟ in the burning bush! So I need to have a vision of my future, in spite of my past, to choose the right thing. Remember the prayers of the thieves on the either side of the cross of Jesus ….One wanted to get down from the cross, because he was hanging on the situation. He chose the world, and refused the Word. But the other thief did not desire to be let down from the cross, because he was hanging on revelation….The repentant thief endured the cross, because his vision was changed, when he saw Messiah. …So he refused to get down from the cross, and chose to hang on the cross, and cried to Jesus to remember him in the eternity….Here is the message ; your vision will change when you will see the Messiah and that will enable you to choose what He wants you to choose. So, here is the key – before choosing anything, you need to see the Invisible One! Why was it easy for Peter to forsake his profession of catching fishes and choose the profession of catching men ? Because he saw Jesus!
Look unto the life of Abraham and Lot. The main difference between the two was that one heard the voice of God, while the other one followed the one who heard the Voice. Abraham had a clear vision of his calling, but Lot just followed Abraham. Genesis 13:10 and 11 speaks about the vision and choice of Lot…‟And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere .Then Lot chose for himself, all the plain of Jordan‟…but on the other hand verse 12 says, „ Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan…‟ . He was still in the same place where he was called to be, because he knew him who had called him. Abram had an opportunity to choose the green Jordan, but he refused, because he had heard the Voice…and we all know his end; God blessed Abraham…but what about Lot? Where is he? Indeed the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abides forever.
Let‟s see Ruth and Orpah. Orpah refused to go to Bethlehem but Ruth held on to go to Bethlehem…Why did Ruth choose to stay with Naomi, even though she could not see any blessing outwardly? Because I believe, that Ruth knew the God of Naomi. So she decided to hang on with Naomi…and we all know her end. She was in the field of Boaz. She not only entered the field, but she also entered the genealogy of our Christ. Mathew 1:5 says, „Boaz begat Obed of Ruth‟…Who was Obed? He was the grandfather of the King David. Did Ruth, who was a Moabite, have anything to do with the genealogy of Jesus? Her choice to go to Bethlehem and to give up the cursed Moab changed her life.
Let me share a truth. Before choosing anything in your life, have a vision of the Invisible One…Before choosing a right partner, seek the face of the Invisible One. A married life is very important. I know families who start with great expectations, but end up in shattered dreams! Do not be amazed to see divorce cases increasing day by day among the believers. We are worse than an unbeliever. There is no point of crying after choosing a wrong person…But before choosing, did you seek the face of the Lord? Some of the believers go after big mansions, outward personality, fame, qualifications etc.I am not saying that people with all these are wrong, but if your vision is changed, then you will not pursue the outer appearance…A student who has a vision of becoming a Doctor will not choose Engineering. He knows what he needs to do to become a doctor. So he will take up the course which will lead him to what he desires. Likewise, if you have right vision about your future, you will choose the right thing…Before refusing the greater riches of Egypt, Moses had to see the Invisible One in the burning bush! Walking in wilderness is easy, when you look at the other shore of Jordan. Let us pray like blind Bartimaeus. When he was asked by our Lord “what you want me to do?” He neither asked for a better place to beg, nor to change his situations. He said “Lord, I want to receive sight”. Can you pray such a prayer? “Lord, open my inner eyes and give me a vision to choose the right thing in my life…” Indeed, our choice becomes our destiny! There are many more people from the Bible, about whom I want to share, but I believe this is enough for your edification for the time being. Our destiny is eternity! So let us fix our eyes onto Jesus and walk with Him daily.
May God bless you