Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13.

We live in a world where government is constantly pushing against spiritual truths. With new bills being passed in senate and the courts legalizing things that use to be against the law, it creates a quandary of what is right and wrong.

Is the government the measuring stick of morality and justice? Or, is there a higher power that requires our obedience?

Exodus 2:1–3 explains the story of an incredible mother. “Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman,
 And she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.
 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”

Giving birth during a decree to kill all baby boys was the world in which Moses was born into. Moses’ mother, Jochebed, was an incredible, bold, tenacious woman.

She was in opposition against a Nation-wide order, and her fear of God and love for her child became like gold tried in the fire—strong, chaste, and resilient.

Jochebed was a woman who was in the crux of uncertain circumstances and chose to resist her prevailing culture by opposing a diabolical decree and chose to hide her baby. 

Jochebed risked her own life to save someone else’s. 

As we continue to read the story of Moses we learn that God chose this little baby, who was hidden for three months and then laid in an ark of bulrushes, to be the deliverer of an entire Nation.

Like Jochebed, we may have to take a stand against our prevailing culture, risking our reputation, persecution, and maybe one day, our lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In the New Testament, Peter and the apostles were commanded by their religious and civil leader to not preach about Jesus. Acts 5:29 explains their response to such a decree, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

We are living in uncertain times and our obedience to the word of God will be put to the test as our world continues to shift its values and laws under the pressure of the media and prominent officials. We have strength in numbers; lets stand together and declare the word of the Lord.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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