Verse: Hebrews 11:24-28 (ESV)
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

If you’ve been following our devotional series, you may have noticed we’re in the midst of a theme of faith. The writer of Hebrews goes to great lengths to provide examples of Godly faith, which he models as trusting in God’s love, sovereignty, and promises, even in the midst of difficult circumstances, and especially when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Today’s example is Moses. Despite being raised in the house of Pharaoh, the ruler of all of Egypt, and being afforded all the luxuries that came with that status, Moses chose to trust God’s promises to the people of his heritage, the people of Israel. We know that Moses would go on to stand up to Pharaoh and lead God’s people out of Egypt, into the desert, and eventually bring them (almost) to the land God had promised them.

But do you remember the first recorded example of Moses choosing his Hebrew heritage over the trappings of Egypt? He murdered an Egyptian slaver who was abusing another Israelite and as a result, he was forced to flee the country. Now, most of us haven’t murdered anyone. But we’ve all done things we shouldn’t have; things we’re not proud of; things God is not proud of. The story of Moses shows us that God can still use us to do mighty things, even though we have failed in the past. Moses returned to Egypt, faced Pharaoh, and trusted God. So can we.

God, thank you for providing us examples of faith like Moses, who were not perfect, but who ultimately trusted you to love and protect them, despite their circumstances and the uncertainty of their future. Please help us to grow in that same faith, and to be examples of it to those around us and to future generations. Amen.

Author: Dave MacDonald