Protecting the Blessings of Others

Do you know that we can protect the blessings of others instead of comparing, envying, or coveting God’s gifts in their lives?

How do you feel seeing God blessing others with the things you want to have?

Perhaps you want to start a family and everywhere you look, you see happy couples and expectant mothers while you remain empty-handed. Or you desire this special job, but it is out of reach for you, while other unlikely candidates seem to land it without difficulty.

Perhaps you dream of publishing a book or starting a business, but the rejection pile is growing. Or you dream of developing as a freelancer, but you seem not to get enough opportunities compared to the others in your network.

What is your attitude when you see others enjoying the same blessings you are praying to have?

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Protecting the Blessings of Others – the Inspiring Example of Two Midwives

There is an inspiring story of two remarkable women in the Old Testament, named Shiphrah and Puah, who were midwives. They showed courage and obedience to God in protecting the blessings of others, and God rewarded this act of courage and obedience abundantly.

We meet them in Exodus chapter 1. The Pharaoh wanted all Hebrew boys killed immediately after childbirth, but the midwives didn’t obey. The main reason was that they feared the Lord more than the Pharaoh.

“The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.” (Exodus 1:17)

Fear of the Lord, which translated into loving and protecting the lives of the newborn babies, was their main motivation and driving force.

These two courageous women didn’t have families of their own, or any children, but they were risking their lives to protect the blessings of the other women. They were celebrating and protecting the very things they were missing and perhaps longing to have.

Isn’t this amazing?

God’s Rewards for Courage and Obedience

God rewarded abundantly and exceedingly above all expectations the faith of Shiphrah and Puah.

Through their courage, obedience to the Lord, and love in action, God saved a whole generation. “So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.” (Exodus 1:20)

But this was not all! God fulfilled their longings and prayers and gave them the exact gift and blessing they were protecting and serving.

“And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.” (Exodus 1:21)

God blessed the midwives’ courageous faith and faithful attitude by giving them the same blessing they faithfully protected: a family of their own.

The Courage to Fight for the Blessings of Others

We can celebrate and protect the blessings God gives the other people in our circle today, too. It is up to us to cheer the others working in the same field and help them grow.

How can we follow Shiphrah and Puah’s example and summon the courage to fight for the blessing of others?

The Hebrew meaning of Shiphrah is “to be fair or beautiful, beauty, harmony, loveliness” while Puah means “splendid, light, radiant.

Can other people see and experience the beauty and light of Christ in our attitudes and actions?

We will radiate God’s love and beauty when we decide to act like spiritual midwives and help others to birth God’s plans, calling, and purpose in their lives, as well as the character and image of Christ.

This is an attitude that pleases God and blesses us, too.

So, instead of giving a place for self-pity and disappointment, when we feel empty-handed and lacking, let’s ask God to become a conduit of His love and pour ourselves into nurturing and protecting the spiritual seeds, gifts, and callings of the people in our lives.

There is no place for comparison, but there is a vast space to co-love with God, becoming His blessing in the lives of many.

More Helpful Resources for You

If you need more resources to encourage you and help you receive God’s blessings and become a blessing, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.

Draw Near: How Painful Experiences Become the Birthplace of Blessings by Hadassah Treu

Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge

All Things New by John Eldredge

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst

Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley

Transforming Your Thought Life by Sarah Geringer

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow by David Jeremiah

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God  by Timothy Keller

Prayer: Communing with God in Everything–Collected Insights by A. W. Tozer

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14 Replies to “Protecting the Blessings of Others”

  1. What a great perspective!

    If we don’t celebrate other’s blessings, then how do we expect others to be happy for us when it’s our turn?

  2. Protecting the blessings of others is a blessing in itself. It means that god trusts us to do that job efficiently in my opinion.

  3. Very thoughtful and eye-opening post. I can relate to the feeling of others getting ahead – and I appreciate the thoughts of protecting the blessings of others.

  4. Thank you for sharing this post about protecting the blessings of others. I never spent much time thinking about the two midwives and their story. So inspiring! This was just what I needed to read today.

  5. Such a great reminder about protecting the blessings of others! Not just protecting, but also fighting for. I appreciate your insight.

  6. This is a great topic, Hadassah! I really appreciate this encouragement to bless others’ gifts and succumb to envy! Great job digging deep!

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