CAST Voices Devotion: Learning from the Little Ones
By Cindy Whittle
Part 2: Children have unlimited potential
Exodus 2: The Birth of Moses
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, 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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” -Andy Stanley
On Tuesday we looked at the Biblical account of the boy who brought the loaves and the fishes to Jesus. 5000 men were fed that day and the crowds who had come out to hear Jesus speak were exposed to Jesus the provider, the Jesus who is able to do the impossible, the Jesus who is able to take the little we give him and use it for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Today we consider the story of Moses. Moses was born into a world full of insecurity, fear and doubt on the part of the Pharaoh, which had in turn bred hatred and contempt for the Hebrew people. As a result, his very existence was threatened before he was even born. God allowed Moses’ mother to do what she had to to preserve his life because one day God would use Moses to lead God’s people out of Egypt after 400 plus years of slavery, one day God would give Moses the Ten Commandments, one day Moses would write the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, considered the books of the Law. Moses would foreshadow Jesus. He would pave the way for Him.
It’s amazing to consider the two moms in the background of each of these accounts. Both moms were doing their best in completely different ways. I imagine the mom of the little boy with the loaves and the fishes got up early that day to pack his lunch. She supported him in the only way she could. He wanted to go to hear the Rabbi speak and she gave him all she had, to enable him to do that. I imagine he learnt to give all he had to Jesus from a mom who gave all she had to him. Jochebed, Moses’ mother, had to be even bolder to support her son. She had to go against Pharaoh’s command to save his life. Jochebed had to be fearless and determined. She had to believe her son had unlimited potential to be used of God. She believed God had a plan for his life that outweighed the cost of her own. I imagine he learnt to carry out God’s will without fear of what this could cost him from a mom who carried out God’s will without fear of what this could cost her. Think about that for a moment.
1. You may be a mother or simply called to play the role of a mother in a child’s life. Do you believe that child has unlimited potential to be used of God?
2. Have you ever considered that God may have called a child in your care or simply in your company to do something of value to the Kingdom that far outweighs His purpose for you? How far are you willing to go to help them realise that potential?
3. Consider the mother figures in your own life. What have you learnt from them? What can you share because of them?