“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; 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.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”
Exodus 1:15-17 NKJV
“Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.”
Exodus 1:20-21 NKJV
Fear only God
We will soon enter a time of testing when the followers of Jesus will be forced to make a choice: follow Jesus or, turn and follow the world. There will be no compromise, as the world and the Lord will not accept anything short of full compliance. There will be great pressure on the Christian to be concerned about what can happen to them from the world, or how it might affect their lives.
It is in the relatively peaceful days before the coming of the storm, that we must make up our minds which way we are going to go. Christians in America have become very comfortable with compromise, and we are very often driven by what others think of us, and not about what the Lord knows.
In truth, we should only fear God, for He is the one who not only holds our lives, but our very souls in the palms of His hands. In my reading in Exodus chapter one, I read of Shiphrah and Puah, two midwives, who chose to fear God rather than man and disobeyed the satanic order of Pharoah.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:28 NKJV
Pharoah had the power over life and death, but he was not sovereign. It is God who has the true power and the midwives knew that their lives in were in His hands. They did not fear Pharoah, but feared God, and were willing to risk not only their lives, but their livelihoods.
But God is faithful.
They sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and did what was right in the sight of the Lord. The Lord provided for them, households and all that they would need.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
We, like so many that have gone before us, will have choices to make. We will have to choose to obey God or man. It will be either or. Right now, there are followers of Jesus in Afghanistan who have chosen to remain and share the Gospel. Even as poverty is wrecking that nation, God has provided for HIs own. There are ministries providing for those who wish tom continue the work, and escape for those who choose to leave.
The church in Afghanistan will continue to flourish, and the message of the Gospel will go forth in power and glory.
Let us find strength in remembering those who have gone before us, who by faith have chosen to follow God, even when doing so would mean death, or the loss of all things.
“Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”
Hebrews 11:35-38 NKJV
They did not see the promise in their lives, but they will see it delivered in full power and glory, as they return with our Lord Jesus and the rest of the saints, to declare victory over the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
May we have the boldness in our time of making choices, my brothers and sisters, for that time is now upon us, as it is for our fellow believers around the world.
Choose this day that you will fear only God.
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