Plundered By God

“And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed (asked) of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment (clothing): And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled (plundered) the Egyptians.”

Exodus 12: 35-36

My former pastor’s life verse was Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (do not lose heart).” He would always recite the verse when he did things that seemed to go unnoticed because he realized that God is a debtor to no man. I have met some people who make sure you know all the good things they have done, and will not let you forget it until you pat them on the back. I have been guilty of that myself sometimes. I have complained when I was not thanked for my “service”, and I lost my blessing because I desired my reward in the here and now.

I have also met people who did good things that no one else knew about, and I believe it was their desire that they would remain anonymous. Sometimes you would only learn what good these individuals did after they passed away and people came out of the woodwork to share how God used that person in their lives. I think of my father in-law who followed God’s call to be a missionary and then pastor a small church in Avondale. That church never had hundreds of people come and join, but he was faithful to the ministry God had called him to. I am sure there were many things he had done that seemed to go unnoticed, but God knew and He does not forget. Hebrews 6:10 tells us, “For God is not unrighteous (unjust) to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

God knows our very heart and the motive of why we do good things, and whether or not we seek the praise of men or the glory of God. I think of the children of Israel who were slaves. It seemed as though they were forgotten and their labor was in vain. The Egyptians pushed them to their limits and demanded things from them that seemed impossible to deliver. God’s people cried out as the work grew harder and they thought God had forsaken them. God’s eye were not blind to what was going on, and He had a plan to deliver them and to get them what was owed for their labor. There was no labor union or EEOC that regulated the mistreatment of the Israelites, but they had a righteous Judge who justly recompensed their labor.

God gave favor to the Israelites like only He could give, and He allowed His people to plunder the Egyptians. God made sure back wages were paid, and He blessed the labor of His people. Where are you today friend? Do you desire a pat on the back, or do you work as unto the Lord? Are you laying up treasures for yourself on earth or are you laying them up in heaven? Are you impacting eternity with the work you do or is it self-serving? God does not forget, and we will reap as we continue the good work He calls us to.

Stay in the Fight!

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