CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL OCTOBER 19, 2021 (NEVER SAY, “IT CAN’T WORK NOW” (II))
TOPIC: NEVER SAY, “IT CAN’T WORK NOW” (II)
Read Exodus 1:15-21
15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;
16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.
18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?”
19 And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.”
20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.
21 And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.
MEMORISE: But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the King of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive (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 king’s 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 ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s ‘ (Matt. 22:21), 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’? Someone 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 day. Pray for, and stand for the grace.
1. Lord, fill me with the needed courage to do the right things You expect of me at the right times.
2. You spirit of fear and compromise, out of my life, in Jesus’ name.
3. Pray for nurses and midwives who are working everywhere, that God should help them to do everything He expects of them.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAYY:
Isa. 42:3 – 44:12; Col 4:5 – 4:18; 1 Thess. 1:1 – 1:7
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE