By K Loos
I am so grateful for Mother’s Day. Not only is it a day to celebrate our biological moms and spiritual moms, but also a day to praise God for His loving and careful design for marriage and family. I am thankful that Mother’s Day is still a recognized holiday. For His Authorship sake, I pray this day will never be altered or removed.
As I was praying about this Mother’s Day, several strong women from the Bible came to mind, but the Lord specifically spoke to my heart this year about Moses’ mother.
The king of Egypt, after a failed attempt to have the mid-wives kill any Hebrew baby boys they delivered at birth (Exodus 1:15-21), ordered that all the newborn Hebrew boys were to be thrown in the Nile (Exodus 1:22). It is interesting, as my Bible commentary points out, that Pharaoh’s plans were thwarted on several occasions by women who God had empowered to take a stand. The mid-wives, the Israelite women, Miriam, Jochebed, (Moses’ mother) and even Pharaoh’s own daughter all had a role, unbeknownst to them, in Moses’ journey with the Lord and with God’s plan to deliver His people.
Moses’ story begins in chapter two of the book of Exodus when Amram and Jochebed, (Moses’ parents), were married and later gave birth to a son (v.1-2). Jochebed realized that the boy was no ordinary child and so she kept him hidden for three months until she could no longer safely hide him (v.2b-3). At this point, she puts the infant child in a basket, covers it with tar and pitch, and places it along the banks of the Nile river (v.3). We learn that his sister, (Miriam), watches the basket until it is spotted by the daughter of Pharaoh (vs. 4-5). Pharaoh’s daughter felt sorry for the crying infant, even though she knew it was a Hebrew boy, and decided to keep it (v.6). Of course, Miriam is right there, ready to offer to find a Hebrew woman who could nurse the child (v.7). She hurries home and brings back her mother to care for the child (v.8). The mother is not only united with her son, but paid to care for him, as well (v.9). When the child no longer needed to be nursed, his mother returned him to Pharaoh’s daughter who then gave him the name, Moses (v.10).
The story is recounted in Hebrews 11:23: “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”
As a mom of three, I have to say, one of my greatest weaknesses and I will say, sins, is allowing fear to preoccupy my thoughts and to overcome my decision-making. If “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1:7), then in order to make wise decisions I need to fear God and God alone.
Jochebed’s fear of the Lord was displayed when she went against the king’s word and submitted to God’s leading. Not only did she follow the Lord’s leading to hide him and then place him in a basket in the Nile, but she showed true faith and self sacrifice by not interfering in God’s will, though she was caring for her son in Pharaoh’s daughter’s home. She went through so many “letting go” moments in such a short period of time, but she remained faithful to God and the amazing deliverance and work that God accomplished through her obedience is testimony to the fact that God has a purpose for everything and that even seemingly small acts of obedience can have a lasting impact on The Kingdom of God.
Reading this passage made me think: “What would I be willing to risk for the sake of my children and for the sake of following my Master?”
There may be times ahead when God will ask us to go against the grain for the sake of our children and His Name. May the Lord give us the strength and grace to stand regardless of the circumstances and may our hearts be so tender towards His that when He says: “go” we will go; when He says: “wait” we will wait; and when He says: “pray” we will pray.
“As you come to Him, the Living Stone- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’” 1 Peter 2:4-6
The Lord bless all mothers this Mother’s Day and everyday! May we be faithful followers of Him and answer swiftly to the daily callings He speaks so gently to us.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” Psalm 20:7-8