Dividends of Doing Right
“Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.”
One of the ways to make money when investing in stocks is to invest in stocks which pay dividends. In other words, these stocks pay their shareholders money every quarter out of their profits. For some people, these dividends are a great source of income, and the whole reason they invested in that stock was because of the dividends.
When you do right, you are investing in doing right with a hope that it will pay dividends. The children of Israel invested themselves in doing right when they tried to right a wrong that had been done to a young lady. The children of Israel quickly found out some important facts about the dividends of doing right that every believer needs to remember if they don’t want to become discouraged with doing right.
First, doing right doesn’t always pay good dividends. When you read the story from the verse above, you find out that Israel asked God if they should go up against the tribe of Benjamin, and God told them to go up; however, though they obeyed God, they lost the battle and several men were killed. The believer must understand that the dividends of doing right will sometimes mean they must go through hard times before experiencing those dividends. In fact, sometimes the immediate dividend of doing right is loss, but that doesn’t mean that doing right was wrong. Doing right sometimes makes things worse for the believer, and sometimes doing right makes it look like the other side is winning, but that doesn’t change the fact that right is still right.
Second, doing right doesn’t always pay dividends immediately. Many believers are impatient with doing right, and they want the dividends for their good works to result in immediate rewards. When I think about the delay in the dividends of doing right, I think about Ruth who did right and didn’t see an immediate reward. In fact, she did right without expecting to see the benefit of having a husband, but the dividends of her doing right were eventually realized when she married Boaz. My friend, you will be highly disappointed with doing right if you expect the dividends of your work to pay immediately.
Third, the one dividend of doing right is that you did right. If the only dividend of doing right is that you did right, you received a great dividend in that you won’t have to suffer the consequences of unrighteousness. You may be saved, but being saved doesn’t remove sin’s consequences; therefore, if the only thing that doing right does for you is to keep you from having to suffer the heartache that sin causes, that in itself is a great dividend. You can always end the day after doing right and be thankful that you did right and won’t have to look over your shoulder tomorrow and wonder when sin’s bill comes due.
Fourth, the dividend of doing right pays good eventually. Romans 8:28 and Galatians 6:9 promises the believer that the dividends of doing right will bring reward. God has never failed on any of His promises, and He won’t fail on paying the dividends of you doing right if you don’t give up. Let me encourage you to not waver in doing right because the dividends of doing right will eventually be realized.