Holding on to God and to Our Children

Exodus 2: 1-4
Now a man from the house of Levi went and [a]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 [f]find out what would [g]happen to him.

Hebrews 11:23- 25
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

Sometimes when you read such a short summary of what occurred in the bible you gloss over what happened.

Consider the story of Moses’ parents.. They lived in a time when idolatry was rampant. Worshipping the true God was almost a thing of the past.

They lived in Egypt during a time of great oppression and persecution. When a Hebrew woman gave birth to a son, he was to be snatched from her and drowned in the river Nile. Can you imagine how those nine months of waiting must have been? I imagine that they would have been filled with fear and dread, not knowing if your baby would be killed or not?

But those parents of Moses were people of faith. I suppose those months were not just spent waiting but in prayer. When Moses was born, they hid him. Then when they couldn’t do it any longer they hid him in the river to preserve his life.

Are we hiding our children in prayer? Are we shielding them from the sin in this world? Are we putting everything in place to protect them from the things around them?

Oh let us be like those parents of old, whose faith laid hold on God’s promise that He will hear and answer our prayers.

Let us be like those parents where, as much as is within our power, we place our children in safe environments.

Let us be like them who train our children for God, so that when they go from us, they are able to stand and choose rather to follow the way of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin and turn away from God.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, it seems like a daunting task sometimes to be a parent in these times. So many things are around us to draw our children away from you, and not only them but us. We take our eyes from all of these negative things and turn them to You. In faith we pray that You will direct our steps. Guide us in the way we should raise these children. The world has no hold on them once You are in control. We give ourselves and our children to you today. Amen.

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