~Exodus 2:6-9 And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
There are times in my life when a situation comes up and I feel it will be impossible for everything to work out well. I know that with God nothing is impossible but in my own eyes, it seems hopeless. (Luke 18:27) As I read today’s text, I fell under great conviction. Do I believe this or don’t I?
Jochebed (Moses’ mother) had delivered her baby boy. The Pharaoh had commanded the midwives to kill all the baby boys the moment they were born. Despite his order, Moses was born and Jochebed was able to keep him alive. It came to a point where he was getting too old to be kept a secret. She thought up a plan to spare his life. This mother trusted God to protect her son and did what she could on her end by preparing an “ark” to carry him safely into Pharaoh’s daughter’s hands. I wonder, do I trust the Lord with my children’s safety? Do I fret when things are out of my “control”? (Matthew 6:26-27) I can just imagine how difficult it must have been for Jochebed to let go of her precious baby boy! I can’t even begin to imagine me doing this! In order to spare his life, she had to give him up! Such love, don’t you think?
This same love for her child caused her to go to extreme measures in a seemingly impossible situation. (Hebrews 10:23) She exercised her faith in God by going forward with her plan and praying that the God of Abraham would work things out. I truly believe that God honored Jochebed’s faith in Him and rewarded her for her faith! So much so that He allowed for her to be the nurse maid who would care for her own baby! Can you imagine the joy she must have felt when Pharaoh’s daughter’s servant came to fetch her? (Psalm 5:11) Can you imagine her joy when Pharaoh’s daughter told her what was to be expected of her? Not only did Jochebed get to nurse her precious baby, but, on a side note, she was going to be paid to do so! (Psalm 32:11)
God can take an horrible situation and make it turn out for the good! (Genesis 50:20) Jochebed must have thought she would never see Moses again. But instead, she was allowed to become a part of his every day life when he would need her the most! How she must have jumped for joy once she came home with Moses! What a testimony to her faith for her family to witness.
Oh what a compassionate and loving God we serve! (Lamentations 3:22) No matter how impossible my situation may be, I can learn from these accounts in the Scriptures and know that the same God who helped Jochebed will help me! 🙂