Moses and Mamas

There’s something about moms that make them so needed. Moms do a lot, to say the least. They cook, clean, go to work, come back, then cook and clean some more. Without our moms, we would be exactly how we lived in college…

Moses’ story is an interesting one. Moses’ mama is a great example of how to be a godly mother. The story goes like this:

Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive. Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 

Exodus 1:22, 2:1-5

Here’s how we should follow Moses’ mama’s lead:

1. Marry a believer. Commit your life to a man who is a man of God. 

Before Moses was even born, Pharaoh was determined to make sure he had no life. He commanded all of the people to get rid of any newborn son. But as we continue reading, we come across a marriage of believers, “a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi.” Moses’ parents made the decision to marry one of their own, which was what was expected and the right way to do things back then. So again, even before he was born, although Moses had powers working against him, he most definitely had powers working for him as his parents decided to be obedient in their marriage to each other.

2.Take time to see the beauty of your gift. 

The story then comes to Moses’ birth. “The woman conceived and bore a son” – yes, moms, y’all do all the work! You kept us safe for several months and did what it took to make sure we came out healthy. The first thing that Moses’ mama noticed was how beautiful he was. That is so sweet. Pharaoh had just ordered that every baby boy be killed, but here’s Moses’ mom just looking at how beautiful he is. So whatever the circumstance, take time to be thankful to God for the sweet gift you’ve been given. Know that it’s not because of you that you have him, but because of God’s grace and goodness. He deserves all the thanks for all good things.

3. Protect your child.

Because of how precious her son was, Moses’ mama hid him for three months. Can you imagine hiding a crying baby for three months?! She did an awesome job at protecting her baby boy from the evil around. Mom’s today must do the same. There are so many things happening in the world around us that aren’t for the benefit of children. Keep your babies protected from these things! 

4. “Train up a child in the way he should go” – Proverbs 22:6 

There came a time when Moses’ mom could no longer protect him from what was happening around them. So she put him in a wicker basket. This wicker basket represents protection even when his mom could protect him no longer. She did the best she could before sending him off. Just like Moses’ mama sent him off in the safest way possible, you are to protect your  children by raising them to know the Lord. What better way to fight the world than to know that God is who fights for us and protects us? There’s no safer place to be than in the Lord Jesus.

5. Pray, pray and pray some more.

Moses’ mama covered and sealed the basket with tar and pitch. She did this so water wouldn’t seep in. That’s what prayer does. When you can’t physically do much to help and protect your babies, pray for them. Prayer is an undeniable force. The power of prayer is great. Commit your child to the Lord from day 1 through prayer. Your prayers are what protects them. Surround them in prayers. Give them a wall of protection.

As wives become moms, they are given a great responsibility. Thankfully the Word gives us great examples of women who. even through heart-wrenching, hard circumstances, honored Him first. One of the biggest fears of moms today is the thought of raising a child in this world. Moses was raised in the very house of the man who wanted him killed. Our situation is comparable. Satan, who is the ruler of this world, would be overjoyed to take control of any of our lives, too. Satan doesn’t want us knowing, loving and serving our Heavenly Father. Just like it was for Moses, the place we reside isn’t the safest place to be. It’s ruled by one who doesn’t want the best for us. Don’t be afraid of Pharaoh or his palace. Moses was raised up in that palace all for the glory of God. God has placed all of us here for a reason. Mamas, be confident in Christ. He holds your babies in the palm of His hand. And one day, maybe your baby will sing you this and then you know your job is done.

 

 

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