God in the Details
Meet Shiphrah and Puah.
Not the most famous characters in the Bible, I must admit. I had actually never heard of these two women until just a few days ago. Shiphrah and Puah are actually two Ancient Egyptian midwives (yes, really) who have a minor part in the book of Exodus. Though their story only takes up a few verses, it's included in what is one of the biggest and most epic books of the Bible! Their boldness and faith is amazing and I think it's a great glimpse of how our mighty God looks after the tiniest details, using everything for His glory.
Shiphrah and Puah's storyline starts when Pharoah orders that every baby Hebrew boy born in the land should be killed. As midwives, these women are put right in the middle of the firing line. But look at their response in this crazy and scary situation:
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live.
Wow! Isn't that a great example of boldness in the face of fear? The midwives feared God above everything else, even when it put them at risk. And look how God blesses these women in response to their faith:
So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, He gave them families. (Exodus 1:21)
Because they feared God, He blesses them with families, makes them strong, and 'deals well' with them for the rest of their lives. Another translation says that God was 'kind' to them as a result of their faith. I love this! I love that our strong and mighty God, despite holding the whole world together, and being heavily involved in Project Let My People Go, loved these two women so much that he noticed their bold faith. I love that their faith pleased God so much that He blessed them greatly in return.
I found this passage challenging in two big ways:
1. Do I fear God enough? Do I trust God above the advice of my friends? Do I try to always put God first, even when it's tough and scary and puts me at a disadvantage?
2. Do I really believe that God cares about the details of my life? Do I really believe that our God loves me enough to notice and care about every minor part of my daily life?
I thoroughly believe that God sees every decision we make. That He notices every action, every thought, every step. He rewards the difficult or 'uncool' choices that we make, or when we choose to live for God instead of choosing popularity at school. He rewards bold faith in those quiet and testing moments where you aren't sure that anybody will notice your commitment at all.
He is God even in the details, and He blesses those who fear Him and trust His name.
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 and has the absolute joy of overseeing it on a regular basis. She is spending a year working in Marketing for a wonderful Cambridge tech company, and is getting married in June!