Sunrise over the snowy field

Tuesday, February 2

Moses . . . [chose] to be mistreated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin.Heb. 11:24, 25.

With eyes of faith, Moses recognized that the “enjoyment of sin” was temporary. Others might have reasoned that even though Egypt was steeped in idolatry and spiritism, it had risen to become a world power, while Jehovah’s people suffered as slaves! Yet, Moses knew that God could change matters. Although self-indulgent ones seemed to be thriving, Moses had faith that the wicked would shrivel away. As a result, he was not enticed by “the temporary enjoyment of sin.” How can you resist “the temporary enjoyment of sin”? Never forget that sinful pleasure is fleeting. With eyes of faith, see that “the world is passing away and so is its desire.”  Meditate on the future of unrepentant sinners. When tempted to engage in sinful conduct, ask, ‘What future do I want for myself?’

COMMENTARY

Jehovah’s Witnesses are all about the future. You may survive the end of this world and live in a new world of endless peace and prosperity —that is the message that the Watchtower sponsors. It is the message contained in the Bible.

Most people, though, do not wish to live forever in peace and happiness. They don’t think it is possible. Consequently, they prefer this system and do not pray for any Kingdom to come. They really don’t believe in the future because they have no faith, no imagination, and so they try to enjoy the moment.

Sadly, more and more of Jehovah’s Witnesses are apparently giving up on the future too. They are seduced by the glitter or comforts of this world and can’t muster the faith to wait for a tomorrow that never comes.

But tomorrow will come —it is as sure as the sunrise. 

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