Exodus 1:17 Who Do You Fear More?

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17

Governments and most leaders and organizations demand loyalty and obedience. When a ruling is made, it is expected to be followed without question.

The leaders with the most authority and ability to punish are often the most obeyed. People will obey them, regardless of what they are told to do, because they fear the punishment that can occur. Many will even do things that go against their personal convictions or beliefs out of fear of the leader.

The Israelites had grown to a great number in Egypt and Pharaoh wanted them dead, so ordered the midwives to kill the newborn boys. The midwives had more fear of God than of Pharaoh, so they let the boys live.

There will be times when a leader on this earth will ask people to do things that are against God’s commands. Sometimes they are very direct and openly against God, while other times they are shadier things against God. Often, the rulings are done in the name of ‘love’, though it is harmful and sin.

People are commanded to not talk negatively about homosexuality, or to allow abortion because those are freedoms that people have. Speaking in such a way is hatred and fearing the world, rather than fearing God. It is pushing people to their death in sin.

Any person who has a close relationship with God will fear God more than any man or government. The world can only make life hard and kill the body, but God can destroy the body and soul for eternity.

Every believer must make a choice to whether he will fear and trust God or if he will fear man and bow to sin and death.

No matter where you live, there will be times when the world will call on you to sin against God. Rules will be made to get you to reject God’s commands. This may be in your nation, city, job, or even in your own home.

You must be willing and ready to obey God above all others. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying God will bring you eternal life in the end. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying this world will only bring about eternal death.

Who will you fear more?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with your whole life; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that God will give you strength to disobey ungodly commands of this world; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.

Genesis 22:12 What Will You Give Up For God?

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Genesis 22:12

People treasure their possessions, whether physical things or other people. Many are known to hoard their things, refusing to ever part with them, having a house stuffed with things they have accumulated over the years.

Some will hold these things because of memories. Others hold on to them because of the hard work to get them and their often monetary value.

God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, whom he waited for ninety years to get. As Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, God stopped him saying that He now knew that Abraham feared Him and would not withhold anything back from Him.

It is easy for people to claim to believe in and follow God. Those are just mere words with no real action. It is an altogether different thing to make that same claim and follow up with sacrifice something dear to the heart.

There are many things that people hold onto that are not necessarily bad or sinful, but just things or even people. However, many will place those things or other people above God. Some will allow God to do anything He wants as long as He does not touch certain things. These things become idols in the life of a believer.

If God is to be Lord, Master, Savior, King of one’s life, then He must be all of those things in every area of one’s life. Everything must take second place to God and His will knowing that God will provide above and beyond all that is asked and needed.

God may give back the item sacrificed, or He may give something better, but either way He will provide.

Over the years of your life, you have accumulated things and friendships and relationships. Ask yourself how important these things are when compared up to holding onto and obeying God.

It is easy to get caught up in those things and put God to the side, but do not allow yourself to do so. Let God be your highest and greatest possession in your life. All these things will pass away at some point, but God never will.

Give God everything you have and trust Him to provide all that you need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will allow God to have all that you possess; that you will put God first above all others and things in your life; and that you will trust God to provide all that you need.

Acts 10:34-35 God Accepts Certain People Without Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35

All over the world there are many people who will show favoritism to certain people. They give extra special treatment to the wealthy, popular, or high position people.

Often this is done to gain favor with someone who can be of a great benefit. Those who show no possible benefit are often ignored or pushed aside.

The Israelites often ignored or looked down upon those who were not of Jewish descent. God shows Peter that He will accept those outside of the Jewish people as long as the fear Him and does what is right.

The world will often say that God will accept anyone and everyone, regardless of what the person does or does not do. While it is true that God will accept everyone and does not show special favoritism towards any certain group, it is not true that there are no requirements.

In order for a person to be accepted by God, forgiven and given salvation, he must fear God and do what is right. The fearing God is putting full trust in God for one’s salvation and provision. It is allowing God to be in absolute control. The ‘doing right’ is living as God calls a person to live.

There are some in the church that will not give people a chance to fear God or obey Him. They show favoritism to those who appear to be good, rather than giving everyone a chance to be saved. In thinking this way, many refuse to be a witness to certain people.

God wants to save all, so every person must be given the opportunity to believe in Him without favoritism.

As a believer there may be times when you have shied away from telling someone about Jesus. You may feel as if there is no way God wants that person because of who he is or what he has done. You show some favoritism towards certain people and prejudice against others.

Realize that Jesus came to die for all and save all. Be willing to give every person a chance to believe in and follow God. God did not show favoritism when He accepted you, do do it towards others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be a witness of Jesus to every person you meet; that God will draw all people to Him through you; and that you will not show favoritism towards certain people.