“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” - Galatians 1:10
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” - Acts. 5:29
Taking a stand for God can be a daunting task. If we are honest with ourselves we want to “fit in”. No one inherently likes going against the flow and being peculiar. Yet this is precisely what God has called us to. This World system and direction is opposed to Christ and Truth. To take a stand for Christ, is to stand against the norm of this world. I can vividly recall occasions in my life when I took a stand for the Gospel. Honestly, at the time it was uncomfortable, and yet I look back and always see God used it for my benefit and bringing glory to His name.
When we think of the book of Exodus, and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, we often think of characters like: Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Jethro, and the like. Rarely to we hear hero’s names like Shiphrah and Puah. These midwives were commanded by Pharaoh to murder all males that were born among the Jews. No doubt they had moral convictions against such actions, but what a daunting task to rise up against the most powerful man in Egypt… yea the world! Something more than moral conviction drove them to flat disobey the kings command. The Scriptures declare that Shiphrah and Puah would not commit such atrocities because “they feared God”.
What an amazing testimony! Sure there was fear for the great power of Pharaoh, but there was greater fear of God. They did right because they knew the LORD, and had greater reverence, respect, and fear of Him than men.
Because of their commitment to God, the Scriptures declare “God dealt well with the midwives” and “he made them houses.” I am always amazed how God blesses faithfulness. Common sense would tell these women, “just do what you are told, and everything will turn out okay… God will understand.” The exact opposite was true, they trusted God and God blessed them for it! Who knows what impact these ladies had on other Jews to fear God more than the king. Maybe even a young Jewish mother, Jochebed, who would give birth to a baby boy, and then try to hide him 3 months before placing him in a n ark in the river.
In your life, do you fear God? Do you have more respect, reverence, and regard for man or for the Lord God Almighty? It is very tempting to just go with the flow and push God’s truth out of the way. I want to encourage you today to purpose to have a fear and reverence for God, put Him above man, peer pressure, and ease.
Whether at work, school, or just going through your everyday life, the tempter and your flesh says, “don’t stick out, just do what everyone else is doing.” God says something entirely different. Get your eyes on the Lord, fear Him above man, desire His approval above man’s approval, and just see how God can work in and through you as you put Him first.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 1 - 3
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.”