“One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing ome as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.” (Exodus 2:11-15 NIV84)
God never promises that if we do the right thing the path before us will flow smoothly. As a matter of fact, many biblical characters found that life seemed to get rougher after they chose to do the right thing. This leads us to ask, “What is God doing?” Take Moses, for instance. What inner turmoil he must have lived with. He knew that he was a rescued Hebrew boy. He must have wondered about this family and his people. As he got older, he must have learned much about them but knew he wasn’t one of them. He was not just raised as an Egyptian, he was raised in the palace of Pharaoh himself. How conflicting it must have been to live the way he did while his people suffered under horrendous treatment.
Well, one day it all comes to a head. Moses witnesses an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrews. It was all he could take. Already feeling led to help his people, in a fit of rage, he kills the Egyptian and buries him in the sand. Word about what Moses did begins to spread among the Hebrew people. When he questions two Hebrews fighting the next day, he is asked whether he is going to kill one of them, too. Moses, after saving one of his own people, faces the skepticism of doubt from his own people. If that isn’t enough, Pharaoh finds out and wants to kill Moses. Within days, he runs away and finds himself in Midian sitting at a well. So, Moses does something right by defending his own people, and look where he ends up. You can hear him at the well, “Lord, what are you doing to me?”
Ever been in this position? Are you in that position now? Well, you’re not alone. Many biblical characters have found themselves on the negative effect of what seemed to be a good cause. Consider Abel, Joseph, King David, Peter, and the Apostle Paul to name just a few. So what is the lesson to be learned? Walk by faith and not by sight. God will work through the negative response to your good act. He will make sure that your good work is never done in vain. Our God, remarkably, can take bad situations and make them good.
Doing the right thing may not “seem” to pay off at times, but be assured, it always does!