“And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence (from here): when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust (drive) you out hence (from here) altogether. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.”Exodus 11:1-3
I worked in a hospital that was always full of volunteers, and I thought those people were suckers for volunteering their time at a place that was able to pay them. I told myself that I would never volunteer and that if I was working, I needed to get paid. Over the years, however, I volunteered to do a lot of things, including some things I was “voluntold” to do.
God had given Moses an advance warning of the last plague He was going to bring upon Pharaoh. He knew this plague would be the final straw that would release the children of Israel out of their bondage. The children of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians, and their despicable working conditions would have flooded the EEOC with complaints. I am not sure of their wages, but I can assure you that the Egyptian government would not have made the “top 10 places to work” list. This was the last day they would serve the Egyptians and God would not allow His people to go away empty handed.
God told Moses to tell the Israelites to borrow articles of silver and gold as the Egyptians owed that to the Israelites for their labor. No matter what people’s opinion may be of you, there is no one better to change man’s opinion than almighty God. God gave His people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians who held little regard for them. If He can control the heart of the king, imagine what else can He do in the heart of others.
God had not forgotten His people, and He does not forget them now. We sometimes feel God has forgotten us in a world that opposes us, but God’s timing is not always our timing. Hebrews 6:10 states, “For God is not unrighteous (unjust) to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed (shown) toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” The children of Israel did not go away empty handed and God did not forget the many hours of labor that they had performed. God is the same way with us, and this should motivate us to live for Him.
Where are you today friend? Do you feel God has forgotten you? Do you feel as though your labor for Him is useless and goes unnoticed? Do you feel like giving up even though our grand departure might be just around the corner? May we not labor for the earthly reward, but may we labor for the eternal reward. God is a debtor to no man, and may we labor for Him to earn incorruptible crowns to cast at His feet. Matthew 6:19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” What are you working for today? May we store up our treasure not on this earth, but in our eternal home.