And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. And when she opened [it], she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. Then 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 2:4-9
I have often heard people say that they don’t like asking people questions about their lives because they feel intrusive. Something tells me Miriam (Moses’ sister) didn’t think like that. She wanted to know about the life of her brother and took action. His life was in danger and she had the privilege of watching her mother’s faith in action to protect baby Moses. Miriam was paying attention and God used her in a significant way.
Baby Moses ended up directly in the path of the enemy. How ironic! His mother went through careful planning to save her child and he landed smack dab in the hands of the enemy. Who wouldn’t be tempted to panic with these circumstances? And yet, the very Pharaoh who declared that all Israeli male newborns should be killed, has a daughter who found this targeted newborn and felt compassion for him. Wow! I wonder if most fathers would melt over the desire to please their daughter and let him live!
During all of this, Miriam is close by and not afraid to speak up. Only God could orchestrate this. Can you even imagine this?! She probably didn’t even think twice about her suggestion. She might not have had any reason to think twice.
I love that mentality. More importantly, God loves it.
He treasures that ‘child like’ faith. When choices are made out of a heart of love without any fear of negative consequences. And even if there IS fear, the step is taken regardless, because the love is greater.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
So, here we are, with baby Moses in enemy territory and people show their humanity. A crying baby, a compassionate daughter and a helpful sister.
Not only did the Lord allow baby Moses to live, his mother had the joy of raising him and the abundance of pay with the opportunity! His ways are truly not like ours.
Our Lord yearns for us to abandon fear of circumstances. Our fears of what others will think, say or do, and the many ‘what if’s’ that we face daily.
Miriam faced a death threat of her baby brother. And in the middle of that threat, she was gifted with watching her Lord work. Wow!
Lord, help me to allow faith to lead the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.