Daily Devotionals

Campfire Stories: Week 7 - Thursday

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:24-25

Do you like being comfortable? Maybe comfortable clothes and a comfortable routine are some of your favorite things. While we may enjoy comfort, we must understand that God does not call His people to a life of comfort. Instead of promising comfort, He guarantees hardship on this earth (John 16:33). Rather than living comfortably, He calls us to live faithfully, especially during hard times. Sometimes God asks us to do something that will undoubtedly make us uncomfortable. As you think about this truth, you may be tempted to fear, knowing your comfort may be at stake. When these times come, we can learn from Moses' example that courage is choosing faith over comfort.

Hebrews 11:23 tells us that Moses was a man of faith because he gave up his life of comfort in order to follow God's plan. Moses was a Hebrew who had been adopted by the daughter of the king of Egypt. Because of this, Moses was adopted into a life of luxury and comfort. Many would have believed that he had everything he could possibly need. No person would have expected Moses to leave his life of luxury and privilege. I certainly would not have blamed him if he stayed in Egypt to enjoy the comforts that came with being the adopted grandson of the king. We learn in Hebrews 11:24, however, that Moses was a man of courage who chose faith over comfort. As he saw that the other Hebrews were being oppressed by the king and his fellow Egyptians, Moses chose to identify with them. He chose to courageously fight for their freedom and safety rather than live comfortably within the confines of the king's palace.

Like Moses, our call is to choose faith over comfort. This is challenging for me because I like to be comfortable. Our call, however, is to be faithful, not comfortable. Do you tend to avoid things that will make you fearful and uncomfortable? Perhaps, God is asking you to do something that will be uncomfortable today. Even if you are afraid, will you take your cue from Moses and choose faith over comfort?

Moving Toward Action

Are you a person who enjoys comfort? Perhaps your love for comfort has, in the past, overshadowed your faith in God. Maybe even today, you find yourself struggling to obey God because your comfort is at stake. Many of us have certain comforts that we struggle giving up. What are you clinging to today? Maybe you are holding on to financial stability, a particular relationship, your material possessions, career success, or an addiction that has taken over your life. Whatever comfort you find yourself clinging to, write it down in your notes. Tell a trusted friend what you wrote in your notes. Ask God to give you the courage to obey Him, even when your physical comfort is at stake.

Going Deeper

Read Hebrews 11:23-29 (NLT)

It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 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. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.