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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thoughtful Thursday: Parental Protection

Exodus 2:3  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.

The early verses of Exodus show us a time when the children of Israel were under intense slavery and abuse in Egypt.  The height of this abuse came when Pharaoh commanded that every male child born be thrown into the river as a means of annihilating the Jewish race.
It was into this wicked environment that Moses was born.  What a moment when Jochabed gave birth to Moses, knowing a decree had been set for his life to immediately be taken.  Notice the heart of a mother in this story. 
As soon as Moses was born, Jochabed and her husband Amram hid him from the Egyptians.  After three months of hiding, they made a tiny boat for him and set him out on the river.  It was a natural instinct for Moses’ parents to seek to protect him from harm.  It was by faith that Jochabed let go of Moses.  This couple was completely trusting God to take care of their son.
Amram and Jochabed illustrate the love and protection parents have for their children.  In the same way, God, your Heavenly Father, loves and protects you as His child.  He knows this world’s wickedness, and He is watching out for your safety.  You must simply trust Him.
Jochabed trusted that God would continue to protect Moses as he floated down the Nile River.  What faith!  Even with the sharp rocks of the river, the Egyptian soldiers, and the other dangers, Jochabed trusted that God was in control.
Do you seek God’s protection each day?  The devil is seeking to pull you away from the Lord.  He wants to harm your testimony and distract you from God’s will.  Yet, Christ has offered His loving protection to you.  Look to God for strength to resist Satan, and have faith knowing your Heavenly Father will protect you.

Used with permission from "a daily WORD" by Paul Chappell.

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