Defeating the Pleasures of Sin
A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “Behold the Lamb of God!”
Read: Hebrews 11:24-26
Let’s be honest. One of the reasons we struggle to overcome temptation is that sin brings temporal pleasure. If sin wasn’t enjoyable in the moment, then we would be less likely to participate.
Eve sinned after considering that the forbidden tree “was good for food and delightful to look at” and eating its fruit (Gen. 3:6, HCSB). Sin entices us to accept something less than God’s best by exchanging ultimate fulfillment in Christ with temporary fulfillment through disobedience.
When Moses was faced with opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of sin he considered what was most valuable to him. He did what many people would consider unthinkable by turning his back on guaranteed wealth in Egypt and turning to the hope he would find in the Messiah. The struggles of his life were nothing compared to the reward he looked forward to receiving. His reward was the fulfillment he would receive in Jesus, even if it meant giving up the daily pleasures that were his for the taking.
Moses’ response informs us that when we are tempted we face a choice between finding greater value in Christ or the fleeting pleasure of sin. One leads to eternal joy, the other to destruction.
Jesus’ death breaks the stronghold of temporary gratification in return for eternal satisfaction in Him. The only way that you or I can ever find continual victory over sin’s attraction is to run to the Savior who is our ultimate reward. God’s rescue may require sacrifice today, but the benefit of eternal satisfaction is promised to all who receive His grace.
Pause and Reflect:
• What is the answer that Moses found to the charms of sin’s pleasure?
• How can you apply this in your own life?