September 16, 2011 § 2 Comments
It always amazes me how God intervenes in situations of hopelessness and death. When things get horribly wrong, such as the slavery, oppression and killing of Israelites in Egypt (Exodus 1-2), then God shows up in surprising and most unexpected ways. First, in chapter 1, we find what Terry Fretheim calls “the creative disobedience” of the midwives who lied to Pharaoh for the sake of protecting the boys he wanted to kill. And then, in chapter 2, we find the irony of God using the daughter of the murderer Pharaoh to save and protect Moses. Throughout history, and still in our time today, God uses unlikely midwives to be His instruments in countering the death-dealing forces of the world with His life-giving abilities. This is what we believe about God, namely that we can trust Him to always bring new birth in the midst of hopelessness and death. But this is also what we believe about ourselves, namely that He will use us as the midwives to prepare the environments in which we live for His life-giving Spirit to do new things. Where does God want to use you today as His midwife for the sake of new birth in the life of someone else?