“But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. ” (Exodus 2:3, NASB95)
Pharaoh got angry when he learned that the midwives refused to follow his direction. He put out another decree that every male child should be thrown into the Nile. Moses’ mom just couldn’t do it. She hid him for 3 months. But he was getting too loud, and it was getting too difficult to hide him any longer. So, if we were in her place, what would we do? What would our next step be? I can’t imagine being faced with some of the challenges that our brothers and sisters in the faith have experienced over the centuries.
But she determined that God would have to decide what would happen to her child. She put the child in a basket and floated it into the Nile. She did so right around the same time that Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the basket and the child in it and decided to keep him because she had compassion for him. Moses’ sister watched the whole thing happen and arranged that Moses’ mother would be the one to nurse him until he would be taken by Pharaoh’s daughter to be her own son.
I marvel at Moses’ mom’s decision. No dream or vision from God. She just did what she felt she needed to do. What did God do with her act? He used this boy (Moses), who was rescued by an Egyptian ruler’s daughter, to rescue the entire nation of Israel from Egyptian oppression. How ironic!!! I marvel at how God does what He does to get His will done.
Are you ever uncertain as to whether God has a plan for your life? Ever wonder how He could use the mess you’re in to get His good and gracious will accomplished? Read the story of Moses’ life and wonder no more!