Jochebed with baby Moses from the movie Prince of Egypt
When Moses’ mother, Jochebed, sent three-month-old Moses down the Nile River in a basket to save his life, she trusted somehow, someway God would take care of Moses and protect him from the hands of Pharaoh, who had ordered all Hebrew baby boys be murdered. By faith, when Jochebed let go of the basket cradling her dearly loved baby boy, she trusted God would preserve Moses from wild animals, Pharaoh’s officials, and the river itself; all the while supplying Moses with the round-the-clock nourishment and dry diapers that infants require to stay healthy and happy. She trusted God to comfort baby Moses, when she couldn’t, if a strange noise or jolt on the river spooked Moses. She trusted.
In response to Jochebed’s faith, God preserved baby Moses down the river and directed his basket to float right to Pharaoh’s daughter, the one person in Egypt who’d have compassion on him and the power to sway Pharaoh into letting her raise him as her own. It was genius! Moses was safe and was provided the best Egypt had to offer. His mother, Jochebed, couldn’t have picked a better, and more ironic, place for Moses to end up. Just knowing Moses was safe and well-provided for would have been a huge relief to Moses' mother, but because Jochebed trusted God, He wasn’t done blessing her and showing her (and us!) why trusting Him will always be worth whatever it may cost to do so.
While Moses’ mother trusted God to preserve her baby, I imagine, if she ever thought she’d see Moses again, it wouldn’t be while he was a baby, and definitely not while he was still three months old. However, that’s exactly what God did. Moses’ sister Miriam saw Pharaoh’s daughter draw Moses out of the water. Courageously, Miriam immediately approached Pharaoh’s daughter with the brilliant question, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" "Yes, go," she answered. (Exodus 2:8)
Jochebed put her trust in the Lord, and in return, the Lord blessed her beyond her wildest dreams. No doubt Miriam sprinted home to tell her mom the amazing news. Likewise, I’m sure Jochebed wasted no time in getting to Pharaoh’s daughter. When they arrived, Pharaoh’s daughter handed Moses over to Jochebed and instructed her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." (Exodus 2:9)
Not only did God bless Jochebed with the blessed assurance that Moses had survived the river and was now in the protective care of Pharaoh’s daughter, but now Jochebed was given her baby back into her custody to nurse and care for Moses until he reached the age of weaning. Since he was just three months old now, for at least a year, maybe two, she’d have the privilege of loving on Moses playing with Moses, praying over Moses, caring for Moses and training him up in the ways of God. Since most mothers wean their child between twelve and twenty four months, depending on when she weaned Moses, most likely, Jochebed would get to see Moses’ first steps and probably hear his first word--and she’d get paid to do this!
When trials arise, I can easily fall into the trap of leaning on my own understanding to solve my problem, doing what I think will improve my situation. When this happens, I'm no different than my little girl struggling to do something beyond her ability who assures me, “I can do it.” while I stand by ready and willing to help her. Likewise, when our Heavenly Father watches us struggle, He gently offers His help, and stands by ready and willing to come to our aid. (Isaiah 41:10, 13) However if we ignore that offer for help like a toddler exhibiting their independence, we will find ourselves exhausting all our ideas and efforts until we get to the end of our rope. (John 15:5) While trusting in the Lord, at this point comes easier because there is nothing left we can do to improve our circumstances, we can spare ourselves a frustrating experience like this, if we like Jochebed, trust in the Lord without wavering right from the start. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When we do, there is no telling the amazing work God will do in our situation.
Question for you: How has God blessed you in a difficult time because you trusted in Him to provide or deliver?
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