Sometimes I get caught in the deception of feeling like my faith isn’t big enough. That’s because I’m not parting the ocean or raising the dead that my life gets caught in the mundane. Does my everyday faith have the influence of a Moses or an Abraham?
Read Exodus 1:8-21
Exodus 1:15-17 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live.
I would be easy here to make assumptions about these women, to think that it was easy to spare these babies.
After 400 years of slavery, these women knew that their life could be required of them for disobeying the King.
vs. 17 But the midwives feared God…
These women did what they had done all along. The difference here was that it could result in persecution.
Shiphrah’s and Puah’s story began years before when God put a desire in their hearts to become midwives. God had placed them here, gifted by Him with a calling, filled with a purpose, and waiting. They waited for just the right time that He would call upon them to continue in what they were already doing, so that He might provide deliverance through them for His people.
What you are doing now and how you are doing it is the most important thing about what God will give you next.
The human condition will always produce the temptation to get to what God is doing next and neglect what He is doing now.
Colossians 3:23 “ Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,”
How would your outlook change, if you believed God had a purpose for your circumstances?
Your life may not look like you had planned, but don’t be deceived into thinking this season has no purpose.
It’s interesting that Moses tells this story. It was inserted because Moses was one of those babies.
God has placed us in the now to be an influence for what comes next.
The trial is not being overlooked. It’s being used to produce patience that leads to wholeness and abundant life.
Exodus 1:12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and the more they spread out, so that they were in dread of the sons of Israel.
God has a way of using every struggle to produce faith which leads to His increase in our lives. Oh, for the midwives’ faithfulness!
Exodus 1:21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
Faithfulness has a way of producing blessing in our lives. You never know how your simple faith will effect your future.
– How have trials in your life built your faith?
– How has your faithfulness produced blessing in your life?