1. Jochebed Was a Courageous Mother
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When Jochebed and her husband, Amram, gave birth to Moses, at the risk of their own lives, they hid him until he was three months old. How they must have dreaded the day that he might be discovered. Disregarding Pharaohs’ order would certainly cost them their lives––leaving their other children as orphans.
What unimaginable stress they must have endured.
Try to put yourself in Jochebed’s sandals. I don’t know about you, but three months after my son was born I was still a hormonal, emotional mess! Attempting to hide my baby from people who wanted to kill him—coupled with the anxiety of trying to silence him when he cried––would have been too much to bear.
When Jochebed could hide Moses no longer, she likely prayed for a way to protect him. The plan devised in her heart must have been from Jehovah. But, while contemplating sending Moses down the Nile in a basket, I wonder if she questioned God’s plan? I’m pretty sure I would have been like, “Um, Lord, are you sure? I mean there are crocodiles and snakes in that water. And what if the basket capsizes? What if…?”
We will never know if Jochebed had misgivings before she courageously followed God’s plan. But this ordinary woman, a mom just like you and me, simply did the next thing in front of her to protect her child.
You can learn from Jochebed’s example to seek the Lord and then courageously do the next thing He puts in your heart to do.
Rather than focusing on how things might not work out, what if you focused on God’s sovereignty and refused to worry about the “what if’s” and “if only’s”?
Worry about tomorrow will steal your courage to follow God’s plan for today. Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Matthew 6:34).
Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” When you seek the Lord’s wisdom and walk in obedience He will work in your heart to do His good pleasure. And He will give you the courage to follow His will.
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