CAC Living Water Daily Devotional
📆 Tuesday, October 19, 2021.
NEVER SAY, “IT CAN’T WORK NOW” (II)
Read: Exodus 1:15-21
Exodus 1:15-21 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah,
“When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.”
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.
And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. (Exodus 1:17).
Some Hebrew midwives, …Shiphrah and Puah (v.15) found themselves in Egypt, not through captivity, this time around, but by providence. Their great-grandfather, Jacob had migrated into the foreign land, Egypt, on discovering the miraculous presence and promotion of his own son, Joseph, there. How did you get to that foreign land-work, visit, education, or…? Do you see God’s hand in this, so that you are always conscious of His presence and holy expectations?
These two midwives had a very risky command from the very wicked King (Pharaoh) of the godless land-killing children of their own people (vv.15-16). What a terrible situation they found themselves! If they obliged to the kings command both God and fellow Hebrews would have accused them of conspiracy with the enemies of God and His people. If they declined, they would be accused of treason. The latter was obviously riskier, humanly speaking. They had the choice of silently killing those sons, and getting compensation from the wicked King, but they wisely declined. Why? They feared God(vv.17-19).
Some of us in these women’s shoes i.e. on foreign land would have conveniently justified doing the bidding of the wicked King. They would wrongly quote Scriptures like *NIV:“Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”(Matt.22v21), as if the Scripture implies living a double-standard life. They chose to wisely disobey a godless command.
The question is, isn’t there a point at which we must say no to godless government/leadership policies; when we can say, prepare more prisons for we will not obey your godless instructions? Some one says that isn’t possible in a foreign land. If it was possible with those Hebrew midwives, it should be possible with you, so that these midwives wouldn’t stand to condemn you to hell on the last days. Pray for, and stand for the grace.
- Lord, fill me with the needed courage to do the right things You expect of me at the right times.
- You spirit of fear and compromise, out of my life, in Jesus name.
- Pray for nurses and midwives who are working everywhere that God should help them to do everything He expect of them.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Isaiah 42:3 – 44:12, Colossians 4:5 – 4:18, 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – 1:7