"He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward."
Moses had it all when he was taken in by royalty, yet he didn't let that wealth and power corrupt his faith in God. When we sincerely seek God we let go of our flesh and we move toward Him. Moses focused on eternal reward and not the earthly reward because he knew that all that power and money couldn't give him peace and joy in his heart. That would only come from obeying God. I love what John says in John chapter 14 verse 27, "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." Jesus is sharing that whatever we think will make us happy will fail apart from Him. The greatest things I get from this faith chapter in Hebrews is no one cared if they experienced anything while they were alive in this world because they knew they would have eternal life. Hebrews chapter 11 verse 13 says, "All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth."
I can pray and believe, but I can't put my timing on it. God is God and the joy I have is not because of what I get here, it is what I have forever because of Jesus bridging the gap to heaven. Philippians chapter 1 verse 21 is my favorite verse because it shows the surrender to Christ and the gain we get from that. "For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better." It does not say, for to me, living means living for me, and dying really stinks. Jesus makes life worth living so we don't care about what the world says. I always am reminded of this story in Daniel chapter 3 verses 17-18 where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego talk to the King and say, "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up." Nothing in this world will matter to us when we let go and have faith in the promise that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and we will be home someday. Amen