“The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” So God was good to the midwives, and the Israelites continued to multiply, growing more and more powerful. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. EXODUS 1:19-21 NLT
Christ's authority outweighs societal authority. The midwives in Exodus 1 were given a direct order by the king of Egypt that went against God's wishes. They stood firm in their face and did not succumb to fear. As a result, God blessed them and the people of Israel through a time of trial and oppression.
Every one of us will come to points in our lives when we will make hard stances for Christ. As the chasm between societal values and Christian values continues to widen the need to stand boldly for Christ will only become more frequent. But consider it a gift because in times of persecution, God shows up. When the Israelites oppression grew, God showed up. When the midwives stood up for Christ and directly disobeyed the king of Egypt, God showed up.
God, I pray for a boldness of faith to boldly stand up for your word and your truth. I pray that as people firmly rooted in you, we will not shy away from oppression but consider it as a sign that we are moving on your behalf and making a difference in our world. Give us the strength to face any oppression and to always choose Christ over society.
Ryan Herman, Next Steps Team Member/Audio Tech