Are you willing to do what is right no matter the circumstances and consequences that lie before you? God expects this of each of His followers, but who is willing to listen and heed His commands? Listening to a good sermon and saying good things to one another is one thing, but another is to do what God has taught us and be an example of what is right and be honest in our dealings with people. As Christians, we can’t help but see the best in people and do what is right, though it may seem difficult at first. What we see before our face, when trials come, may be hard to bear, but everything will work out for the better when we trust in God and just do what He says. For example, stopping your car to help a homeless person, when you yourself is struggling financially. This is putting your trust in God, even when it doesn’t make sense. You may see a fight break out and trying to stop it may cause harm upon yourself, but listening to our instincts could save the person in trouble from any more harm. It may also be the first steps of gaining a friend for life, but also an eternal friend with God. This is what happened with Moses when he did what his instincts told him. It was when he saw a fellow Israelite being beaten to death is where this story begins. It is recorded 1“that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.” (Exodus 2:11,12) What he did may seem extreme, but this was his first steps of finding the necessary strength and desire from God to free his people from the bondage of the Egyptians.
After Moses helped a fellow Israelite from being beaten to death, his life was never the same again. His old life as luxury and a possibility of being a future pharaoh in Egypt was over and his new life was to begin with God at the head. It was at this point that Moses knew that what he did was going public, so he 1“fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian.” (Exodus 2:15) This is where it was recorded that he was able to stand up against his fears once again and drive away the shepherds, who only intended to scatter the flock. His good deeds didn’t stop there, as the priest of Midian recorded that 1“drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.” (Exodus 2:19) How amazing it was that he was thirsty, after is long journey, but still was able to help the people with their needs. This is exactly the type of person that God was preparing and little by little you could see how He was moving and shaping his life. It was in this time that the priest of Midian consented to the marriage of his daughter Zipporah to Moses. Of which they then had a son, named Gershom. In that time, 1“the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:23,24) So the course was set. Moses was a new person with his new wife and boy, and their good influence on him would help him fulfill God’s wishes. He may not have known his role yet, but his good will towards others was leading to this important point in his life. Please know that God is wanting to lead you as well. Do good towards others and God will move in your life also.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin to look outside themselves and how they can do good towards one another. I know that our love towards You is the first part of our faith and the second being is our love towards our fellow man. If this is not being met, then our relationship with You is more asleep than anything else. So I ask that You spark a need in each of our lives to love one another, as much as we love You. May our desires to worship You and do Your will be noticed in every person that we are around. Help us to never take an opportunity to show kindness for granted and skip out on these moments because of our fears. It is in these times that people need our help, even though it may be hard to see in the beginning. It is Your convictions, my Lord, that has led me to feed the homeless. And because of this, I can no longer pass them by, but stop and care for their needs. As much I want to eat and am hungry, I know that these wonderful people have the same needs that I have. So, in these moments I simply put my trust in You, God, that the money I put forth in these efforts is not mine, but Yours. It is an offering to You, Lord, as my desires are to give You my whole heart, while in this life and the next. Whatever You have for my life, I will do. No matter the circumstances will I help a person in need. Even if it leads me to be in some trouble, I trust that You have the power to get me out of it. If anyone is in harm’s way, I trust that being there for their needs is better than leaving them behind. I love You Lord and to love people around me helps me love You more and more. May this love continue to shine forth in everybody I touch, while in this life. I say these things Lord, in thy holy Name, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Exodus 2 (KJV)
1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.
2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.
4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?
8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.
9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.
10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.
15 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
17 And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18 And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?
19 And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.
20 And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.