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.