We venture back to the Old Testament after nine beautiful days in the early ministry of the Christ, the anointed One, our Messiah. Today, we go back to dig again into the root of our faith. Today we begin the great adventure of a nation called out and set apart for Him Who Was Good.
Consider Him Who Was Good
But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live… So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. [1:17, 20-21]
Even with the aggressive affliction of the enemy, God was good bringing about His good purpose through two midwives who feared Him rather than man; the people multiplied and became mighty and the midwives experienced personal blessing. And behind the evil injustice of a pagan nation instigating the unthinkable and ruthless tyranny of infanticide, God was good; He is forever good and His purposes prevail.
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, “My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure;” [Isaiah 46:10]
Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come… “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” [Revelation 1:4, 8]
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. [Hebrews 13:8]
God was good yesterday; He is good today; He is good forever.
How do we respond to Him Who Was Good?
- When we find ourselves in difficulties or being mistreated, we often turn to the hope of Romans 8:28. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
- Today, let us consider this hope in light of the account in Exodus 1. The midwives feared God, having more regard for God and the good of others than themselves. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves… [Philippians 2:3].
- The midwives trusted God with the outcome of their obedience, even their very lives. As we walk in faith, trusting Him for the good He is working, He calls us to obedience, not just for our good, but also for the good of others. Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord as He works in us to work His good “to those who are called according to His purpose.”
- When the enemy seems too powerful, let us fear the Omnipotent One.
- But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. [1:17]
- Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [Matthew 10:28]
- Let us pray for His Spirit to strengthen us to obey Him rather than man, and to trust His purpose and outcome.
- So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. [1:20-21]
- But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” [Acts 5:29]
There is coming a day where God’s perfect purpose will culminate and every nation will come and bow before Him. What a privilege we have now, to worship Him with lives of reverent obedience. Oh that we would be as the midwives and fear Him Who Was Good!
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways,
King of the nations!
4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy;
For all the nations will come and worship before You,
For Your righteous acts have been revealed.” [Revelation 15:3-4]
God was good yesterday; He is good today; He is good forever!
Let’s Grow Together!