The Right Thing
Posted: Friday, March 10
Verse of the day:
You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. (Numbers 14:30 NLT)
When the Nazis invaded Poland and rounded up all Jews into the ghetto (a fenced in city where Jews were forced to stay), Irena Sendler – a polish social worker – knew she had to do something. She knew it was going to be dangerous; but, she did it anyway. She saved the life of approximately 2,500 children. She sedated them and hid them in the bottom of toolboxes and snuck them out of the ghetto. She then sent them to Christian orphanages where they were given new identities.
After the war was over, Irena was not able to walk (due to imprisonment and torture). However, she had the honor of having been the instrument of God to save the lives of 2,500 children. Today, we remember her as a hero because she chose to do the right-thing even when it was dangerous.
The Israelites were faced with a choice similar to that of Irena. They experienced the power of God when He delivered them from Egypt. They knew that God had promised to give them the Land. Yet, almost all of them did not want to go and conquer it for fear of the people that lived in it. Almost all of them made the wrong choice.
As a result, almost all of them died in the wilderness and were not able to experience the promised blessing of the Lord. Only, Caleb and Joshua entered the Promised Land. Why? Because, like Irena, they chose to do the right-thing even when it was hard.
Sometimes the right thing and the hard thing are the same thing. Like Irena and the people of Israel, today we have a choice to make. Are we willing to do the right-thing – even if it is hard? Or, are we going to take the easy way out and miss experiencing the blessing of the Lord?