24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Read: Hebrews 12:1-4
Endurance is a great virtue. Daniel and his friends decided to endure hardship by submitting to being fed with pulse rather than eating from the king’s table to their defilement. Moses was a prince in Egypt. He forbade the prince-ship and choose instead to suffer affliction with the people of God. We refer to these people today because of their gallantry. Our Lord Jesus Christ, though equal with God, counted Himself of no reputation so that He may accomplish His purpose and therefore endured hardship in the hands of His creatures.
The enemy is always presenting seemingly juicy alternatives to man against the will of God. For many, it is a blessing to falsify records to get rich. They even claim God is not poor in justification of their illicit acts. Many would do anything from selling their bodies, demonizing others, lying and so on to ensure that the position for which another is more qualified becomes theirs. See them raise their hands in the congregation of men to claim they just got a miracle from God. What? Why do we forget so soon that EVERY unrighteousness shall be brought to judgment? Why not stay on the path of righteousness and allow God lift us by Himself?
There is a joy that is momentary and yet there is another that is everlasting. Esau, for momentary lust, joy and satisfaction traded his birthright for peanuts. He had what he sought. But when he needed what he had traded, he sought it with tears but it was too late. Every time you live in unrighteousness for earthly gains, you are merely settling for momentary pleasure in exchange for eternal joy. Don’t be deceived: never assume after you have enjoyed the gains of unrighteousness you will repent. That, believe me, is calling God a fool. He is not. Seek Him now while He is yet near. Even the intercession of Samuel could no longer save Saul once he had been rejected by God. Don’t cross the mercy line. Settle for eternal glory by holding on to righteousness.
Lord, please keep me in you till I might you in glory. Do not let me destroy my eternity with momentary earthly pleasure in Jesus name.