Bible Reference: Exodus 1:16-17
Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)
Bible Text: 16 “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver.[c If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too.
OBSERVATION: In God’s Word we are reminded of the great love the Creator of this world has for His subjects. However, to align ourselves with His desires for His children, and His commands, we will often run into cases of opposition by world leaders, family and friends. I wonder how far we are prepared to go in our mission towards true obedience to our Father. Let’s consider that for a few moments today.
APPLICATION: The Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, had a decision to make. Will they stand in fear of the king of Egypt and obey him by killing all baby boys that they delivered for the Israelites, or would they stand in obedience to the King of all kings, and let the baby boys and girls live? They had a choice to make, and it was one that could have brought dire consequences to them, up to and including death. It just doesn’t get more serious than that my friend. But Daniel and his two partners had the same choice when it came to the choices they faced with the food demanded by the king, and the command to worship only the king. In both cases, these individuals stood firm in their faith, and trusted God to take care of them because of their obedience. Friends, today you and I will face decisions that will challenge our stance on many aspects of our life – the laws of our country – speed limits, valid driver’s license, obedience to authorities, etc.; our jobs – being upright and truthful in all that we say, obedient to those in authority over us, etc. It would be good at this very moment to decide what will be the overriding factor in our decision making – total obedience to God, even if it conflicts with something the boss is asking you to do? Whom will you serve my friend? It sounds like an easy and insignificant matter, and compared to the ultimate threat to the midwives, we may never face that type of threat. However, disobedience of man’s laws, and choosing to do our own thing at work, could lead to some serious consequences for us also. Will God truly reign in every decision we make today? I believe that if we are truly dependent on God and have totally dedicated ourselves to Him, then there should be no conditions placed on that. It would be good to remind ourselves even now, that if God takes us to the test, then He will help us through it. Satan will work through his earthly agents to test us in every way, and to try and created doubt in the power of our Maker, but we already know that ‘greater is He than is in us, than he that is in the world’. Amen and amen!
PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for holding our hand yesterday. Please continue to guide, protect and embolden us again today, so that we may stand firm in our faith and be a living sacrifice to You in every aspect of life here on this earth. May our witness be strong and uncompromising to all those who will come into contact with us today, so that they may be attracted to You and want a relationship with the same God that we adore and worship. To God be the Glory! AMEN!
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