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Monday, March 1, 2010

Leaving Egypt Behind

Scripture: Exodus 2:3, But when she could hide him no longer…

Exodus 2:4, ..stood a distance to find out what would happen to him.

Did her hands tremble as she lined the tiny vessel with tar and pitch to keep out the water? What about the crocodiles? It would not stop their strong jaws but perhaps the odor could repel them if they too hid among the reeds. What other predators lurked in the Nile?

For three months Moses’ mother did all she knew how to do but when she reached the end of her resources she gave her infant son into God’s keeping. Her faith gave God the opportunity to override her personal fears.

Her faith also gave her courage to stand and watch God at work. She looked upward to Him. Jochebed stood on His promises and counted on His character.

How did she reach this point? She knew the scriptures, stories, promises. She reacted in faith, yes, but not a leap of faith. Jochebed knew upon whom she could depend. Her actions resulted from her prayers so she moved forward with the confident knowledge of God’s overriding protection.

Amy Carmichael says that we need to be willing to allow our loved ones to go to Jerusalem-to see divine love instead of safety.

How can I learn to let go like Moses’ mother? Not trying to put my children’s lives into my pre-conceived plans but, instead, to seek out God’s direction and purpose. Then go forward with confidence to cooperate instead of resist.

Lord please give me the strength to trust like Jochebed, then, stand and watch in faith.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 33:4

For the word of the Lord is upright;

And all His work is done in faithfulness.

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