Our family was reading our Daily Torah Portion this morning, and the verses from the New Testament portion were from the book of Hebrews. A few words stuck out to me and I had to stop and think about them.
Hebrews 11:25-26 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward.
These verses are speaking about Moses. The couple verses before this show us that Moses chose to remove himself from the courts of Pharaoh and live with his people, the Hebrews.
The words that stood out to me were, “He chose being mistreated.”
I don’t know about you, but mistreatment is not fun. Mistreatment is actually quite hurtful and frustrating. I would never want to place myself in a position where I would be mistreated. Let’s just say, it would not be high on my list to walk into a “den of lions.”
And yet, that is exactly what Moses did in this situation. He trusted God enough that he left the “treasures of Egypt” and fixed his eyes on the ONE Who would take care of him. He “kept his eyes fixed on the reward.”
These verses made me stop and think, am I willing to stand up for HIS WORD in such a way that I will be mistreated? Am I willing to LISTEN and follow what HE wants me to do even if it means suffering “abuse?” Do I really BELIEVE that HE will reward me in the end?
We know that the Word tells us that we will face suffering. We know that the Word tells us our rewards are not here on earth. So, why do we question so much when suffering happens? Why do we seek rewards here on earth?
These are all thoughts I am pondering. I had a conversation with someone while in Israel and when I mentioned that I did not fit anywhere, his response was that we are not to fit. He reminded me that when you are truly following Adonai, you won’t “fit” in this world. And when you don’t “fit” there is mistreatment.
My prayer now is, “Lord, give me the strength to walk out what YOU ask me to do. If I am mistreated, help me know how to respond. Father, give me the wisdom to be ALL you want me to be, no matter what others around me say. Keep me focused on YOU instead of what is happening around me. YOU will always give me the strength to run the race.”
I pray that as the world becomes darker, and the pleasures of the world look more enticing, that we would all be prepared for whatever gets thrown our way. I might not want to place myself in a position where I will be mistreated, but it will happen. As long as I keep my eyes focused on my Creator, He will give me strength to stay on His path. I pray you can do the same.
Love and blessings,