For midday family worship this week we have reached the story of baby Moses in the bulrushes. Moses parents hid him for 3 months and when they could no longer hide him in their home the mother made a basket and hid him in the bulrushes while his sister watched over him. Now his sister Miriam had to be trustworthy if not do you think their mother would have left her there with him?
But the baby was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and the sister stepped up and spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter and asked if she wanted her to find a nurse to take care of him. Talk about bravery, tack, foresight…
Well when the mother came Pharaoh’s daughter told her she would pay her to take care of the baby until he was old enough to come and live with her in the palace.
Well mother went about her task of diligently training her son knowing that she had a short time to influence him. And this she did! Moses chose rather to be identified with the Hebrews and the cause of God than with the Egyptians.
This story has very important lessons for us Christian parents and mothers in particular.
Mother trained her eldest child to be responsible, dependable and she could rely on her to help out in this “difficult” situation. Well it was not just difficult it was dangerous, life threatening- not just the baby’s life, but Miriam’s, her entire family and who knows how far that would extend. But because of how she was trained she acted the way she did.
Now on to baby Moses. Mother diligently trained him because she knew he had to go out from her to the palace where there would be all sorts of influences, but she gave him a foundation that despite where he was, despite what was all around him, he would still be true to God.
We can’t pretend that this world is not bad…and getting worse by the minute.
BUT we still must train our children!
Some of us are fortunate to be able to stay at home and raise our children until they enter school. Some of us are fortunate to be able to homeschool. But they are many more of us who have to put our children into daycare from as early as 6 weeks old. But, despite our circumstances we as christian parents still have to train our children for God. We have to so uplift them to God and turn their minds to Him, that when they go out from us, they will still have that precious instruction and they will still turn to God and live for Him!!
It is hard! I am travelling this road right now; learning that child training is very difficult, and especially so for those who dare to train their children for God.
But God has promised that if we train them in the way for Him, they will not depart from that instruction.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Let’s keep pressing on in this work to train our children for God!
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