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.

Isaiah 51:12 Don’t Fear People

Comforting children

“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, Isaiah 51:12 

People often fear other people. They fear leaders, they fear neighbors, they fear others on the street, they fear nearly everyone. This fear comes from not being able to trust anyone.

There are many cases when a person has hurt another person. Very often this even occurs among those who are loved ones. Parents hurting children or children hurting parents. Brothers and sisters hurting each other.

With such hurt occurring everywhere, most people tend to fear others. In having this fear, they strive to live to please other people and lose the focus of reality in their lives.

In this passage, God points out that it is He, Himself, who comforts them. Then He asks why they fear other people who are just grass, not really anything.

Fear of people runs rampant in this world, including inside the church. People fear leaders, who make decisions that go against God. They fear the world and what the world is promoting and allowing.

In the process of allowing all of this fear, many are forgetting who God is and the comfort He can bring. God is eternal, while man is mortal. People are only here for a short time and then will pass on. Those in power can only work their power for a short time. It will not last for eternity.

Instead of fearing man, believers must take comfort in knowing that God is with them. God is always right there to comfort and strengthen His people in this world of sin. God’s love and comfort will not just last for a short time, but will be there for eternity. His salvation is permanent.

As you are going through your days on this earth, there will rise up people in your life who will seem to have absolute power. They don’t have that kind of power. They are just mere humans who will die some day.

Decisions and choices will be made that will go against you and against God. Do not fear those decisions. Look to God who is there to comfort you.

Do not forget that Jesus sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with you. He is there to hold you up and bring you through to eternal life some day. Trust in God alone and do not fear what man can do.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit; that God will remove all fear of man; and that your trust in God will only increase.