1 Kings 18:17-21 (KJV) “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” (Emphasis Added).

Last week we discussed the need for our theology to confront our trials in the exercised decision of faith.  I stated that we would examine the core values that guided Moses in making decisions.  Once again, consider the following Scriptures…

Hebrews 11:23-28 (KJV) “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”

We’ve discussed that the number “5” is God’s Number for “Grace.”  I am not surprised to discover there for 5 principles that guided Moses in making decisions!  When making decisions, Moses practiced “choosing” …

  1. God’s Purpose over a Governor’s Plans.

Hebrews 11:23 (KJV) “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment” (Emphasis Added).

Moses learned this first principle from his parents.  Pharaoh had ordered that all Hebrew male babies were to be killed because he feared that the Hebrew population would outgrow and overtake Egypt.  He ordered the midwives to perform a “partial birth abortion” when they recognized the newborn was a male.  BUT, the midwives feared God more than they did Pharaoh (Exodus 1:21).

The midwives were not the only ones who feared God.  Moses’ parents did also.  They also “saw he was a proper child.”  They recognized that the Hand of God was upon their son for a specific purpose.  When they could no longer keep his birth hidden from Pharaoh’s spies, they decided to trust God to work His plan to fulfill His purpose.

Their decision was to say “Yes” to God and trust His Faithfulness.  You see, a human being is the only creation that can say “yes or no” to God.

“When local magistrates sentenced [John] Bunyan to imprisonment unless he promised them he would not preach, he refused, declaring that he would remain in prison till the moss grew on his eyelids rather than fail to do what God had commanded him to do.”  — John Bunyan and the Pilgrim’s Progress.

When making decisions, Moses practiced “choosing” …

  1. God’s Identification over Individualism.

Hebrews 11:24 (KJV) “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;” (Emphasis Added).

Scripture does not present how long Moses sat on his mother’s lap, and how long he was exposed to her nurture, but we do know that she educated him in the Hebrew legacy.  The reason we know is Exodus 2:11 reveals that when he had grown, he “went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens.”  Moses found his “identity” in who God said he was and did not seek his own individualism.

Many decisions are made based upon how much glory or gain it will bring the individual.  When we desire to please God, we will decide based upon bringing God “Honor” rather than gaining the “Homage” of man.

Sadly, many people make decisions today based upon the same principles that a lot of Jewish chief rulers did – John 12:42-43 (KJV) “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Emphasis Added).

“Don’t confuse fame with success.  Madonna is one, and Helen Keller is the other.” — Erma Bombeck

When making decisions, Moses practiced “choosing” …

  1. God’s Preference over our Pleasure.

Hebrews 11:25 (KJV) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” (Emphasis Added).

Moses had been raised in the house of Pharaoh.  I’m certain he did not “want” for anything as he was growing up.  Pharaoh had access to the best food, the best entertainment, and the best of everything he desired.  It would have been easy for Moses to adopt this lifestyle.  However, because he found his identity in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he was taught the principle of self-denial over self-determination.

When Moses was faced with his biggest choice, he chose to suffer because of being identified as a Hebrew rather than enjoy temporary pleasures.  He was trained that being identified with God would require that he be able to face trials with an attitude of victory.  He knew it would be worth it in the end.  Paul taught the same principle…

Romans 8:18 (KJV) “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Emphasis Added).

“I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current.” — D.L. Moody, Christian History

When making decisions, Moses practiced “choosing” …

  1. Eternal Rewards over Earthly Riches.

Hebrews 11:26 (KJV) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Emphasis Added).

As stated earlier, Moses could have laid claim to the best-of-the-best in Egypt, but he decided to reckon being identified with Christ was worth more than an earthly crown!

When we consider the opulence of the Pharaohs and the pyramids they had built in which to be entombed, this stands in stark contrast to what Moses chose.  When Pharaoh died, his body was meticulously prepared to prevent deterioration, so he could be memorialized.

Moses decided to value Eternal Rewards over Earthly Riches.  When Pharaoh died, his body was prepared by Embalmers, and buried with a Parade.  When Moses dies, his body was prepared by the Eternal God, and buried in Privacy.

“He who provides for this life but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever.” –Author Unknown

When making decisions, Moses practiced “choosing” …

  1. Favor with God over the Fear of Man.

Hebrews 11:27 (KJV) “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Emphasis Added).

Moses came to relish and rely upon the Power of God.  When he thought of what Pharaoh could do to exact revenge, he recognized that Pharaoh’s power did not compare to the Presence of God.

“The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” — Oswald Chambers

I pray the Lord will help each of us to make wise decisions.  You see, the true quality of our lives depends on it!