Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe . . . She saw the basket among the reeds . . . She opened it and saw the baby. . . .”This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” . . . So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse her for me, and I will pay you.”
. . . When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 1:22-2:10
What if Moses’ mother had not recognized that Moses “was a fine child”? What if she had not risked her life and that of her entire family to hide Moses for three months? The dangers were real: another jealous mother who had lost her own son could have reported her to the Egyptian authorities! Imagine the stress on the family as they did everything to hide the secret! After three months, it was time to let go and the child was released to his destiny on the waters of the Nile.
But God was at work all along. God had it all figured out. God brought Pharaoh’s daughter on the scene to rescue the child, and Moses’ mother was paid to nurse the child! There was undeniable divine orchestration, provision, timing, and protection.
What I find fascinating in all this is the statement about Moses’ parents 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.”
That was the crucial starting point: the realization by the parents that there was something unique about Moses. They risked their lives by faith and God honored their faith. But what if they had not taken that one step of faith?
Question: Could it be that there is a person, an opportunity or a situation before you which is “no ordinary person, opportunity or situation?” What would God do if you embraced and gave it your all by faith? One step of faith is all God requires.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to take that one step of faith. Amen