Sometimes I just can’t believe how my own brain processes things!
It’s not like I grew up in a dysfunctional home, and yet it seems like my brain lacks proper function at times. I know that allowing small sins… well sins of any size really… to go unchecked in my life will lead to long term consequences. How can the momentary pleasures of sin be more important than reaching the destiny God intended for me?!
Hebrews 11 talks about the fleeting pleasures of sin. It says that Moses chose to suffer with the people of God rather than enjoying the fleeting, or the passing, pleasures of sin. Moses knew that sin was pleasant. We all know that, hence the temptation for wrong in the first place. But his focus was on something even greater than the sin he gave up.
He saw the oppression of his people and the great need in their lives to be of GREATER importance than living in his own comfort zone. However, I have an question about that.
The way he handled the feelings he sensed rising in his heart when he realized he was an Egyptian, and in the events that followed, caused him to run. He ran away! He hid on the backside of the desert for 40 years! Why didn’t he do something about it then?
It’s not fair that we see the whole story unfold in a matter of chapters, because that gives us some insight as to how God allowed it to play out some 40 years later. I wonder what transpired in those 40 years? Besides marriage and age, what took place in the deep recesses of Moses’ heart? What was it that made The Lord show up in a burning bush when he did? Why not sooner? Why not later?
I can’t help but think back to earlier in the story when Moses was first born. God had his hand on Moses life. Countless other baby boys were killed, but God spared Moses. God set him apart from birth to walk in a great destiny.
There is a destiny that God has reserved specifically for you, and equally important, that he has reserved you for your destiny.
I hate waiting. My waiting hasn’t even been nearly as long as Moses was. And if you were to ask me I would be the first to admit that I’m not ready for my destiny yet anyways. Why not? Because, like I first started out by saying, how can the momentary pleasures of sin be more important than reaching my destiny in God? They can’t be. They shouldn’t be. And yet… some sins just seem to continually be temptations that I give in to.
The Apostle Paul appears to know all about this struggle too. He said, “That which I want to do I don’t do and that which I don’t want to do, I find myself doing.” I’m so glad I’m not alone in this fight.
So the big question is how can I beat temptation every time and not willfully allow sin in my life?
I think like Moses, I need to focus past the momentary pleasure of sin. The bigger picture needs to grip my heart so strongly that the momentary image is brought into a clear perspective. It’s not just a matter of “No I won’t!”, but it’s a dreaming, speaking and pursuing who God wants me to be so that at the appointed time, I can walk into the now hidden part of my destiny.