An ark of safety in the flood of vanities?

(Henry Law, "The Burning Bush")

"It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up,
refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's
daughter. He chose to share the oppression of
God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting
pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to
suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own
the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking
ahead to the great reward that God would
give him."  Hebrews 11:24-26

Worldly pomp is very dazzling!

Worldly luxury is very entrancing!

Worldly pleasures are very ensnaring!

But there is an ark of safety in the flood
of vanities, as in the flood of waters.

Moses is neither dazzled, nor entranced, nor
ensnared. He looks above, and sees a splendor
far more bright. He deliberately chooses scorn
and affliction and loss and poverty, with the
people of God. And he finds . . .
  such scorn to be the truest honor;
  such affliction to be the purest joy;
  such loss to be the richest gain;
  such poverty to be the most enduring wealth.

Reader! it is an important principle, that none
can tread the world beneath their feet until
they see a fairer world above their heads!

When the Lord is set before you, your eyes are dim
to lower objects. The beauty of the all beauteous
One, makes other loveliness unlovely!

Moses proves the mighty energy of soul elevating,
soul purifying faith. This stirring principle turns his
whole course from ease and affluence and self, into
one stream of daring activities for God.

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