By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (NIV)
The King James Version says; they saw he was a proper child.
The Revised Standard Version says; they saw that the child was beautiful.
The New Living Translation says; they saw that God had given them an unusual child.
Whichever translation you choose to run with, here are parents who set their eyes on their child and saw their child with sight beyond their eyes.
Moses, if you read in Exodus, was born at a time when Pharaoh, king of Egypt, had ordered the killing of all male children born to Israelites, in an attempt to curb the rapid growth of the Israelite community, lest they would be too many and end up outnumbering the Egyptians. The mid-wives ordered to kill the boy-child were however fearful of the God of Israel and they let the male children live. We do not know how the other parents dealt with their little boys, but we are sure that Moses’ mother hid him until she could hide him no more (3 months), then carefully made a basket and coated it with tar and pitch to make it water-proof, then drifted it out into the Nile river where Pharaoh’s daughter saw it, picked and adopted Moses. And the history of Israelites changed. Moses was later the deliverer of Israelites from Egypt.
I am writing this blog with my three month old daughter on my laps. I look at her, I see her two eyes, tiny nose, cute lips, scanty hair and as much as I would love to state here that I see this child as extra-ordinary, I pause and ask myself, “how much so?”
Of course to me she is most beautiful, but I know that Moses’ mother saw more than outside beauty, because she saw her child through the eyes of faith. Bible does not tell us that God had appeared to the parents of Moses and given them a sneak-preview into what a deliverer their child would be, so I cannot put my failure to see my child in the eyes of faith on God.
However, I can learn from Moses’ parents that seeing my child in the perspective of faith will determine the direction I steer my child towards. They pushed their son into the Nile with a strategy for his survival, they did not just give up and say something like,
“Son, we have done our best, but you gotta understand we gotta kill you coz even if we don’t, Pharaoh will”
What parenting lesson can we learn from this? How can we learn to look at our children in the eyes of faith and steer them towards the direction that is best for their lives?
How often are we willing to let them be, simply let the society take over and the wave of secular humanism to sweep them wherever it wills, and we call it FATE. I feel so sad when I hear parents say that if their children come to them and say they are homosexual, they will support them to embrace their sexual orientation.
Sexual what? Let’s not get started on that…God, our Creator, has a very definite perspective on the issue.
Parents, God is the same today as was when Moses’ parents lived. God today has a people that are perishing that He wants delivered, and your child, in their own unique way, has a mission to accomplish in God’s purpose. Seek that purpose. Pray, fast if you have to, but get to see your child in the eyes of faith.
Your child may not be a newborn, not even an infant. But when you look at that toddler jumping around the house so dangerously, would you ask God to open your eyes to what He sees? As you look at their developing personalities, traits, talents…is there a direction you can steer them to instead of waiting for them to grow as they will? See, Moses’ parents exercised faith for him because he was simply too young to do it for himself.
Perhaps you have a teen, or even a pre-teen. Let me make it worse, perhaps he/she is even wayward. Do you know it is not too late to look at them with the eyes of faith?
Think deeply about this bible lesson, and do something with the child God trusted you with.