By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. Hebrews 11:23
Fear is Satan’s biggest tactic to destroy the children of God. Since we were never created to encounter evil nor to be able to fully understand the depths of depravity, evil scares us. We can’t figure out the maze and the minefields of it. “Don’t be afraid” is a frequent message from God throughout the old testament. In the Gospels, Jesus continued to encourage faith and told many people, on many occasions, not to fear. I think I’m finally getting the message that I should be able to encounter evil and not be moved with terror.
This short verse about baby Moses and his parents is one that has escaped me all the times I’ve read this chapter. How did I miss something so shocking! Pharaoh decreed that all baby boys should be drowned. Yocheved, Moses mother, hid him for a while after he was born. When he was too big to conceal any longer, she conceived a plan that would culminate in him being raised in the palace. The astounding thing is that his mother, though pregnant with a son, did not fear the king’s edict. I can understand now why she would be mentioned for her faith.
Threats by someone powerful can be crippling. Those with the muscles to exert force over others, including politicians and governments, can send the powerless into a perpetual state of fear and dread. Yocheved, a Hebrew, a woman, in an Egyptian culture could teach us a lot about an unshakeable trust in God. Was her lack of fear a form of denial? No. She made plans to hide her baby. Was her lack of fear due to the fact that Pharaoh’s power had been over-exaggerated? No. He had the midwives murder thousands upon thousands of infants. Her lack of fear was due to the fact that she saw this pivotal moment in history, saw the beauty of her son, and perceived the possibility of him winning over the heart of some Egyptian mother. I also believe she knew the risks and trusted God with the outcome.
The powerful still make threats ~ inspired by their father, their devil. We never know which ones are empty threats either. But trust in God’s sovereignty, a firm knowing that no one can erase my destiny and cut my life short because my Father oversees my comings and goings, means that I can rest. Some people are bolder than others. I’ve always been prone to fear and worry but there will always be something that makes even the robust shake and tremble. At that point, whether we have faith in God will be our lifeline! Our ability to trust Him will have been determined by how much I fed my faith; how much, or how little, I invested in our relationship. The time to prepare for the dark is when I’m in the light.
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. I Corinthians 5:5
I refuse to finish my life with fear winning. Keep training me. Amen