God’s Amazing Provision!

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Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.

Exodus 2:7-9 (ESV)

I’m amazed by two things in this passage.  First, God honors obedience.  Pharaoh had declared that all Hebrew male babies were to be executed at birth.  The Hebrew midwives refused to obey this ungodly edict.  Moses’ parents also refused to comply and went to great lengths to protect their new baby boy.  It must have been terrifying for them to know that they were defying a ruler who had total power over them.  Even so, they recognized that they owed their ultimate allegiance to the God of heaven, not to an earthly king.

Second, God provides for us in amazing and unexpected ways.  Miriam watched as servants pulled the baby’s basket from the Nile river and presented the child to Pharaoh’s daughter.  She thought and acted quickly, offering to go and find a Hebrew woman to nurse the child.  The result is that Moses’ mother had her child rescued, restored to her, and God used Pharaoh to pay the bills!  What an amazing God we serve!  I’m reminded of what Jesus promised His disciples in Mark 10:29-30

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 

When we give up something that we love, God is faithful to restore and to bless beyond anything we have given up.

Father, help me to walk in obedience to You, even in the face of opposition from the world.  Enable me to stand strong for You, even when it means choosing to obey Your Word over following an ungodly law of man.  I pray that You give me wisdom and discernment like You gave Miriam, and the courage to act boldly when You present an opportunity.  Finally, Father, I pray that I will always trust in Your faithfulness to provide for all my needs. 

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5 Responses to God’s Amazing Provision!

  1. Lance Pangborn says:

    Good word…

  2. Rhonda says:

    Always thought provoking! I’ve began to look forward to receiving these. Thank you

  3. Tom McKenna says:

    Thank you pastor Jim for the timely message. The entire article has application for me, but especially the last paragraph about obedience and trusting God’s provision. This is especially appropriate for me right now as I am in the middle of a crossroad where my work and call from God are battling for time and energy.

    With the country and world in turmoil, I am having trouble doing earthly work while there is so much to do for the kingdom! There are matters of caring for others, sharing testimony, defending the faith once given to the apostles, invitations to receive the ultimate gift.

    The urgency is amplified by world events that daily seem to be racing toward a biblical climax. In addition to the obvious headline news of biblical proportions there are Scriptural details being illuminated as never before. The Holy Spirit is moving, we need to be prepared and ready to respond.

    In the near future lost people will be looking for answers to the problems they face as their world falls apart. We will have opportunity as never before to provide an invitation for the lost to drink from the Streams of Living Water! Amen?

    I will be fasting and praying tomorrow for God’s direction as i prepare to meet some friends who are in the same boat, ready to step out in God’s service and work to His Glory.

    May God bless your obedience,
    Tom