Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… This week we honour our mothers and grandmothers. We should; mothers everywhere have a massive impact on our nation.
Thirty-five hundred years ago a princess discovered a treasure by the side of a river bank—a child.
The child was Moses (Exodus 2:1-10), whose father and mother were Amram and Jochebed. His mother was one of Pharaoh’s slaves, and was working in the brick yards. It’s hard to imagine what it might have been like for a pregnant woman in her third trimester to be working hard making bricks. Plus, she faced the threat that if she gave birth to a son, he would be subject to the edict which required that all Hebrew male babies would be killed.
When Moses was born, Jochebed bravely opposed the King’s edict, hid her son, and she and her husband are now listed among the great heroes of faith (Hebrews 11:23) along with the likes of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and David.
Just an ordinary mom doing an extraordinary thing… protecting her boy, only to raise him as an infant under the princess’ permission. My opinion is that the godly nature Moses received during those first three formative years of his life shaped and prepared him to be receptive to God’s call on his life later on.
Nothing we do as parents is as important as helping our children become aware of God’s presence and developing their need to trust in Him. It is neither insignificant nor superficial to say that the destinies of nations are fashioned on the laps of mothers. This was certainly the case for Moses and the emerging nation of Israel. While Moses was reluctant at first, he was ultimately very responsive when Jehovah called him to service (Exodus 3:10).
A son—a treasure left on the banks of the Nile River by a mother trusting in God. This treasure would become a beacon of hope and deliverance to his people.
Let’s all honour our mothers and grandmothers this weekend. They deserve our love.
Have a blessed week,