Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Decisions, decisions, decisions....
Greetings everyone, I pray that your weekend went well and that you will have a blessed Tuesday.
Last week we discussed kindred living, and this week I would like us to look at how we handle and make tough decisions. If you are anything like me you have to make difficult decisions everyday. But most of us don't have to make decisions like Shiphrah and Puah.
Todays scripture of focus comes from the book of Exodus 1:8 and 15-17.
8Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 15The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16‘When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.’ 17But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.
Just as simple as that a new king has taken control over Egypt who did not know of Joseph and all that he had done. The Hebrew people are great in number and the Egyptian king feels threatened. So he calls the midwives (they assist in the delivery process of the babies and also in nurturing the children) and tells them to kill the male children. Everyone who knows how things work in Egypt would know that when the king says do something you do it right or die.
But these two women feared and knew God, therefore they made the decision to go against the king, and not kill the babies, even though they knew it could cost them their lives.
The question for today is how much risk are we willing to take for what we believe in? Are we willing to risk our lives for our faith and our God? Are we even willing to risk our reputations, jobs, friendships, or even inconvenience ourselves for our beliefs?
Everyday we make some good and some less than good decisions, how many of them are made with God's will in mind?
Today as you go about making decision after decision ask yourself what is God's will during the process.
Talk to you tomorrow, love Pastor J