How strong is the faith of mothers?

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By Bea Wallen

The second chapter of Exodus tells us of the faith of the mother of Moses. His mother’s name was Jochebed (Exodus 6:20).

The king of Egypt had given the order that all the Hebrew baby boys that were born should be killed by throwing them into the Nile River.

We read in Hebrews 11:23, It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months. They saw that God had given them an unusual child and they were not afraid of what the King might do.

But when Moses’ mother could no longer hide him she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile (Exodus 2:3).

To this mother her child was a fine child (Exodus 2:1), but then what child is not, in his mother’s eyes?

I can’t imagine in my own way of thinking how hard this would be for any mother to have to put her child afloat on a river, not knowing if she would ever see him again.

Could she have known that day she committed her three-month-old baby boy to the banks of the Nile (river of death for the Hebrew babies, Exodus 1:22) that this was a child of destiny?

God had a plan for this baby boy and his plan called for the faith and co-operation of a mother who would dare to go against the authoritive order and wrath of a godless ruler like the great King Pharaoh.

Through the eyes of faith, this mother waited in expectation of deliverance for her son. (Exodus 2:4-10.) And if you read the rest of the story you will see how Moses became the great leader and deliverer of his own people from bondage.

The same Lord that laid out his plan for Moses also has a plan for our sons and daughters. God calls for the faith and co-operation of all mothers to nurse our children with the word of God, to bathe them in prayer. To be the light that leads them by our own words and actions. Government can make decrees such as, no prayer in the schools, no Bible to be read in public places; The Ten Commandments removed from court rooms and other anti- God factions can be spewed out in the culture we live in today.

But God is still the God of Jochebed he will take not of our efforts to deliver our own children. When we see them serving God and fulfilling their own destiny we can be grateful and excited for what God is doing in their lives. But when the enemies of this world lead them down the wrong paths of life, a mother’s job is to do everything in her power to snatch them back.

I know from experience that faith, prayer, fasting, and encouragement pays off. I thank God for my children that are in church and taking their children to church with them. I have been amazed in the ways God is leading and using them for his service, God has moved and brought some who have strayed, back to him just this past year. I am so thankful for their re-dedication and enthusiasm to serve God.

So many times in my tears and prayers, I would think about the prayers of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:10. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.            

“The Lord” Hannah says, “is a God who knows” (1 Samuel 2:3).

It is God who makes life complete! No wonder the Scripture says over and over, wait for the Lord. He always comes through in his way and his timing and for this I give God the praise and glory.

From my heart