Scripture
Exodus 1:17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
Observation
The midwives disobeyed the authority, in this case the king, in order to obey God. It is possible that they lied, or at best exaggerated, about the Hebrew women and how they give birth so quickly. The believed it more important to obey God then men, and God rewarded them for it.
Application
I don’t know that I have faced this choice yet in my life, to disobey an authority or the Lord. I know I have disobeyed an authority, but it was for my own reasons! I hope I never have to. I especially hope I never have to break one of God’s commandments to do it (if these women did lie). I’m still stuck on that one and the fact the God blessed them. But if/when the day comes, I hope the choice is clear and the Spirit leads.
Prayer
Lord, thank you for allowing me to live in a time and place where I don’t have to make these kinds of choices. I’m probably a wimp. I pray, as things in this world get uglier and uglier, that you would give me the wisdom, the integrity, and the ability to speak and to choose truth, and to be a witness for you.