Placing Our Children in God’s Hands (Exodus 2)

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Exodus 2:3 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

How difficult it must have been for Jochabed, Moses’ mother, to commit her three month old son to the waters of the Nile! Despite her fears and despite the threats of the king, she believed that God would do something to protect her “goodly” child.

She had her daughter Miriam watch to see what would happen to him. Sure enough, God providentially caused one of Pharaoh’s daughters’ servant to see the basket by the river’s edge. As a result, Jochabed was then able to nurse her child and eventually her son was adopted into the royal Egyptian family.

One of the hardest things for us to give up is our children. It scares us to death to think of them out there on their own without us. But like Jochabed, we must trust the Lord and give our children into His hands. He allows us for a time to care for them and influence them, but our children are not ours. They belong to God and the safest place for them to be is in His hands.

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