Weekly Devotion – Exodus 1:18

Published 7:17 am Sunday, January 22, 2023

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 1:18, “Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, ‘Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?’”

We mentioned previously the courage of these ladies to defy the order of pharaoh. It is one thing for us to quietly live our lives committed to the Lord. And for most of us, that is how our lives will play out. I don’t mean we are not doing great things, just that most of us will never capture the attention of many prominent people. But certainly don’t let that discourage you. I am thankful for big churches and prominent preachers. But I truly believe that little churches and preachers who are never called on for national conventions are doing big things in the Lord’s eyes.

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And it is one thing when someone in the community makes fun of your faith, but when the king calls you in for disobeying his direct order, it is something else. These two women had to know this was at least a possibility, it would be obvious they were not murdering the baby boys. But they were willing to take that risk, to stand up for God and what was right instead of doing what the king had told them to do. That is great faith! We talk about others who are heroes of the faith; Abraham, Noah, Meshach, Shadrach, Abednego, Elijah, the apostles, and so forth. But these women had as great a faith as any of them. They have no idea what is going to happen next, but it doesn’t really matter. They kept their commitment to the Lord.

And that brings us back to you and me this morning. Do we have the faith these two women had? Are we willing to do what God has called us to do, regardless of what anyone, small or great, tells us or says to us? Are we willing to take our stand, even when it means bad things might happen? And are we ready to answer the questions that might be asked of us? Let Shiphrah and Puah be examples for you.

Father, give me the faith of these midwives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.