Many know the story of Moses and how he was saved as a child. After a decree from Pharaoh said that every male child born was to be thrown in the river and drowned, Moses’ parents took a chance.
“And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.” -Exodus 2:1-3
However, when you go take a look at the single verse in Hebrews 11 that talks about the early life of Moses, we learn a very important detail that the book of Exodus does not share.
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.” Hebrews 11:23
We don’t hear a lot about Moses’ parents, other than the fact that they hid him and put him in a basket.
After Pharaoh’s plan to secretly have the male children killed at the hands of the Hebrew midwives, he went public with it. Exodus 1:15-22.
What would have happened to Moses’ parents if they had been caught hiding a male child after Pharaoh said to kill them? They would have likely been put to death.
The fear of disobedience to a man like Pharaoh would have been crippling to most. But not to Moses’ parents. They didn’t care. They had no fear of his earthly power. They saw that what they had was precious and that it belonged to God. If there was a fear anywhere, it was a healthy fear of God that existed in the Israelites. Exodus 1:17
Too often we focus on the repercussions that we could face in this earthly life and allow them to sway our eternal decisions.
Maybe we don’t speak out in defense of our God because we fear the social backlash that could follow. Maybe we don’t even turn our lives over in obedience to His word because we fear the thoughts of our family.
Just like Moses’ parents, we have no reason to fear.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. […] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” -Romans 8:18, 31
•How can we handle our fears?
By believing God’s promise. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 41:10, NKJV.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
•When fearful, remember God.
It’s in the Bible, Joshua 1:9, NKJV.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
•Keep faith! What is there to fear if Christ is with us?
It’s in the Bible, Matthew 8:26, NKJV.
“But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm”
•We need not be afraid of God.
It’s in the Bible, 1 John 4:16-18, ESV.
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
IN GOD WE TRUST
•Even if God leads us into dark valleys, there is nothing to fear because He is with us.
It’s in the Bible, Psalm 23:3-4, NKJV.
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”
Way better to obey God and listen to Him than to be scared of man. I love the first part of Jeremiah Ch.17.
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