Rick Warren Devotional 25 November 2021 | Daily Hope for Today
Topic: For Long-term Gain, Choose Short-term Pain
“[Moses] chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” – Hebrews 11:25 (NIV)
Rick Warren Devotional 25 November 2021 | Daily Hope Message
Many of your problems come from your inability to delay gratification. Society teaches you to say, “I want everything, and I want it now. And I want it to be free and easy.” But life doesn’t work like that!
To experience long-term gain, you have to make a choice, like Moses did: “He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25 NIV).
He chose to be mistreated—to endure the short-term pain for the long-term gain of doing the right thing.
Pain is part of life. And if you choose to do the hard thing right now and put in the effort to learn and grow, to become strong and mature, then later in life you will benefit from it.
For example, some people are benefiting right now from decisions they made earlier in life not to spend more than they made—to save, tithe, and honor God. They’re benefiting many years later because they were disciplined and did the hard thing first.
When you choose the short-term pain like Moses did, you’ll see God deliver you so that you can enjoy the long-term reward.
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