{ Day 169 }

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. —Hebrews 11:24-26

Moses had experienced the pleasures of the flesh that accompanied the riches and power of his position in Egypt, but he chose greater riches. He experienced something more pleasurable and beautiful than Egypt, something supernaturally attractive and altogether satisfying. God does not call us to holiness to keep us from a life of pleasure. Holiness is not drudgery. Instead, God calls us to a holiness that fully releases infinite and perfect pleasure to us forever. We do not glorify God when we arrogantly presume that we can give God what He doesn't have. He is most honored when we come to Him with an attitude that recognizes that all He does for us is intended to increase our satisfaction in Him.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, whether You choose to send me pain or pleasure, I choose to honor You with my life of obedience and love. Call me into holiness and purity, and allow me to live my life in the fullness of holiness.

As you press into the pleasures of holiness, like
Moses, you will discover that none can fill
the soul like Jesus.

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