Today’s Scripture: 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. Hebrews 11:24-25

Can you imagine growing up with two mothers? Moses did. In fact, Moses was presented with two very different life paths from the moment he could comprehend a thought. His birth mother exhibited incredible courage in saving his life and placing him in that basket for Pharaoh’s daughter to find. I believe she planned exactly where to put her child and that Pharaoh’s daughter knew the woman she elected to be his nurse maid was indeed his real mother.

If we consider what most likely happened, Moses’ mother probably told him stories about those who had gone before him in the faith like Abraham and Isaac. She filled his heart and mind with the stories of what God had done in their past while the other mother taught him all about the world. Everything the kingdom had to offer was explained to him as a child. The potential for power, glory, and fame was his for the taking. After years of hearing both mothers, it was time for him to make the choice of which God he would follow: the god of self or the God of His fathers. Although I am sure he loved her deeply, Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He gave up every visible blessing in his life for that which he could not see or touch. Because of his decision to give up the best this world had to offer, he became one of the most important men ever to walk the face of the earth. Unlike the other scholars, leaders, and military elite of his day, his name is the one which has stood the test of time.

Today and every day, you have a choice to make. Will you reach for the unseen blessings of God or for the tangible treasures and glory of this world? I can share with you from experience that it is a million times better to be blessed by the Creator of the universe than it is to have the momentary praise and respect of men. You may feel like you are giving up everything worthwhile in order to serve the Lord. It can seem like everything of value is slipping away as you are seeking to please your Savior. But friend, nothing could be more fulfilling, worthwhile, and eternal than letting go of what you cannot keep to gain what you can never lose.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder