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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

God's Taking Care of Our Children

As school starts, I think back to my mix of emotions when my girls started a new school year, whether preschool or college. No matter our emotion, we can trust God with our most precious commodities! Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 6, “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:...A right time to hold on and another to let go,...”

Jochebed was a Biblical mother who literally put her baby in a basket and entrusted him into God’s care. She knew Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had ordered all Hebrew baby boys be killed. Instead of letting her healthy baby be murdered she decided to put her baby in a basket in the waters of the Nile River. Hebrews 11: 23, “By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree.” Exodus 2: 3, “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.”

God orchestrated Pharaoh's daughter, the princess, to be bathing further up the Nile. When she noticed the basket we are told in Exodus 2: 5, “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.” The princess was drawn to the baby. Jochebed had sent Moses' sister, Miriam, to hide and watch what would happen. Bravely, Miriam approached Pharaoh’s daughter and offered to get a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby. The princess accepted and Miriam fetched her mother, Jochebed -- who was also the baby's mother -- and brought her back. Jochebed was paid to nurse and care for the boy, her own son until he grew. God had a plan and a purpose for Moses and He made the incredible plans fall into place.

We can entrust our children to the same one Jochebed entrusted her baby to. Psalm 62: 8, “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."


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