The Ministry of the Midwife
By Nina Medrano -
Exodus 1:15-21 (NIV)
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Chances are, if you are a faithful member of a church you have been a midwife in a ministry.
Whether you serve in the nursery, or on a worship team, or pastor the sheep– you assist in birthing God’s plan and purpose for His Bride.
The ministry of the midwife is a position that gets to observe some of the most hidden, private, intimate parts of human nature. It’s a position that often rewards and encourages. And, at other times, will raise the question of whether to remain or get out! Because of the sensitive role of the midwife, Satan and his demons, will try to entrap and threaten the midwife into aborting the purpose and plan of God.
What is the enemy’s greatest scheme? It is offenses.
If he can get us to be offended at the one giving birth then we have given him power to stop God’s plan for the Church as well as for our lives.
What is our greatest protection? The fear of the Lord.
Psalm 34:7 (NLT) reads, “For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.”
Psalm 61:5 (NLT) reads, “…You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.”
The Hebrew midwives feared God more than the King and they did not succumb to the king’s threat. God saw this and rewarded the midwives by giving them families of their own.
When we choose to stay in the fear of the Lord, God will defend us and will reward us with His intended purpose and ministry of our own.
The Apostle Paul exhorts us in his writings to the Galatian Church: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
Lord, protect me against the voices of offense that surround me and frequently point out the shortcomings of those in ministry. Help me to stay in the presence of the fear of the Lord. Season my heart with much grace and mercy towards myself and with others—as we continue to be transformed into the image of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.