Welcome to Wednesday, and I am glad to have you joining today’s Wednesday Devotional because we are talking about Being a Woman of Influence!
Who is a woman who has had an influence in your life? Likewise, who changes your view on life? What woman affects your life?
Influence is about affecting others and changing their views on different topics. Influence can be both negative and positive, depending on how it is used.
Moses had many influential women in his life, and today we are going to look at 2 of them. As a result of reading this story today, I hope you are encouraged from this story as I was when I read through it.
The story today is about 2 women, who are midwives. These 2 ladies were the first to see Moses when he entered the world.
Look at Exodus 1:15-16 as it introduces them. “Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of who was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.'”
What It Says About A Woman of Influence:
Wow! These verses are packed with information. As the midwives are introduced into the sphere of influential women, we see the king of Egypt issuing a death sentence to all Hebrew males born during this time. Moses is a male, his parents are Hebrews and he is living in Egypt. Immediate death sentence. Umm…you might be thinking, “I thought you said these women were going to be influential?” Yes! They are! Wait for it…
These midwives were given a tremendous burden to kill all the Hebrew males born during this time period! Can you imagine? Most likely a midwife chooses this profession because she is passionate about seeing life come into the world, and now she has been asked to immediately take it away for the simple fact the child was born a Hebrew male.
The Bible tells us later the midwives feared God, and instead of killing the boys, they let them live. Shiphrah and Puah let Moses live because they respected God more than the authority of Pharaoh.
These women knew they were not obeying Pharaoh, the most powerful man in the land, but yet they had enough faith in God to chose the right thing by following God instead of Pharaoh.
As we can see from the lives of these 2 women, if we choose to follow God, especially in the hard times, we will be made women of influence. People will notice us. They will wonder why we are different, and we can influence their point of view. We can affect other’s lives when we choose to do the right thing, instead of taking the easy road.
Stand up for God, and others will see you.
God, thank You for allowing your people to be people of influence. Thank You for the example of Shiphrah and Puah, who chose to do the right thing. Help me to always make the right choice, even when it is difficult. Help me to always choose You. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Is there an area in your life right now where you need to choose to do the right thing?