I get chills when I hear the story of Joseph from the Bible. I am thrilled every time I hear how God lifts somebody from the prison and puts them in the palace. I have prayed prayers that said, “God help us to be right people at the right place.”
What do you do when you are the right person at the wrong place? I guess that is when we need extra wisdom and help from God to do the right thing at the right time, in the wrong place also. Many women in the bible were in the wrong place, but they did the right thing anyway!
That is the story of Shiprah and Puah in Exodus 1. They found themselves in a wrong predicament one day.The king of Egypt ordered these Hebrew midwives to kill all the newborn Hebrew male babies. These women were trained in a profession that saves babies, yet they were ordered to do the exact opposite! Bible says these women feared God and did not do what Pharaoh asked them to do. Instead, they let the babies live.
Let’s back up a little bit to Genesis 12: 2&3
“And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
God gave this promise to Abraham many years before and Exodus 1 was a fulfillment to these promises. God multiplied and made fruitful the Hebrew nation. The more Pharaoh tried to get rid of these people, the more they increased. It does not make sense to human understanding. The Hebrew midwives, being in the place they were, and doing the right thing, got to partner with God for a great fulfillment of His promise.
If we are not careful, we might take the spotlights and put it on the midwives and before long we will be oohing and ahing over the work of these women. Don’t get me wrong: their courage is commendable, their fear of God is exceptional, and their example is exemplary. But the story had begun earlier.
It was God’s story; God’s promise, God’s plans, but someone got to partner with God because they did the right thing.
When we fast and pray, that is what we are doing. We are joining hands with God to partner with Him in bringing forth life. The precious promises that He has given us are yes and yea in Christ. (2 Cor 1:20). His redemption story started before the foundations of the world. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8
The spot light is not on us. It is on Him and His glory. Whatever place he has placed you would you partner today to bring forth his promises?