8. Help where you can

So let's continue with the story of Moses' life. After he killed the Egyptian he fled into the land of Midian. It must have been a horrible experience for him. He was used to luxury, the best of the best and here he was in the wilderness plain of Midian. He was alone. He could never return to his Egyptian family and he couldn't return to be part of the Hebrew slaves. He was trapped in the wilderness. He must have been very hungry and must have felt totally deserted. He arrived at a well and sat there, not knowing which way to turn. And the Bible tells us, despite his terrible circumstances he was still prepared to stand up for what is right.

"Now it happened that the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came regularly to this well to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father's flocks. But other shepherds would often come and chase the girls and their flocks away. This time Moses came to their aid, rescuing the girls from the shepherds. Then he helped them draw water for their flocks." Exodus 2:16, 17

Moses could have wallowed in his dire situation and let the shepherds chase the girls away. He could have reasoned that it was none of his business and not lift a finger to help them, but he didn't. He used the military skills he undoubtedly learned from the Egyptians. They had the most advanced army in the world back then and these shepherds would certainly not have been able to stand up against his sophisticated fighting techniques. So Moses easily came to their aid. And by doing this, he was invited into the priest of Midian's family. This one act of bravery, gave him a new home and new people to love.

God's Hand can clearly be seen here. He not only led Moses to a new family, He led him to a family who believed in Him. How wonderful. In all of Midian, God led him to the priest of it. Romans 8:28 definitely applied to Moses here, even though it was written years after his existence. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever and His principles never change:

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes for them." Romans 8:28

God will make everything work to your good, even the bad things that happen to you. But notice here that Moses didn't just passively sit and wait for good things to happen to him. No, he continued to stand up for what is right. He continued to help where he could. I wonder where he would have ended up if he didn't help those girls. Would he still have been part of the priest of Midian's family? Only God knows.

But the point is, while you are waiting for your breakthrough to come, or waiting for God's promises to come to pass, do what you can do. Stand up for what is right and help where you can. That action might be the one thing that will lead you closer to where you need to be.

Lord You are wonderful, You are amazing. You are the One we long for. Help us to see where we can help. Help us to grow in Your Kingdom and be a blessing to others. We want to honor and obey You. You are our King. Amen

2 comments for “8. Help where you can”

  1. Gravatar of MadelMadel
    Posted Friday, 08 June 2012 at 10:09:18 AM

    I love this message, it is so true we shouldn't just wait for God but start doing something from our own side.

  2. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 08 June 2012 at 10:55:48 AM

    Anything that doesn't grow, is DEAD. We have to be alive and busy doing what is in our means. Then God will surprise us, turning ordinary into extraordinary.

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