Updated: Aug 14
When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
Pharoah’s daughter, like many of the Egyptian people, wasn’t taken in by her father’s anti- Semitic propaganda, but she was powerless to stand against him. Her heart was grieved by his cruelty, but what could she do?
One day she went, accompanied as always by her female servants, to bathe in the Nile River. There was a place surrounded by reeds, which helped keep the crocodiles out, so it was a safe swimming-hole.
There they found a basket, all daubed with pitch to make it waterproof, like a little boat. When she opened it, there was a baby inside, a little Hebrew boy, and he was crying. What should she do? What could she do?
A gaggle of onlookers was gathering. Suddenly there was a young girl at her elbow with a suggestion: “Would You like me to find a nursemaid to take care of the child fir you?”
The princess was no fool; she caught on right away. She knew that this girl was very likely the baby’s big sister and that she would go and call his mother to be the “nursemaid.“ She also knew that if she couldn’t stop the slaughter, if she couldn’t save all the Hebrew babies, here was one that she could rescue. She could save just one baby. It might not be much, but who knew what a difference that one baby might make?
She made up her mind on the spot. “I’ll take him,” she said. “In fact, I’ll name him Moses, because I pulled him out of the water. Go, little girl, find me the nursemaid, as you said. Between us, we’ll raise him.”
Do you sometimes find yourself asking, What can I do? I’m just one Christian standing on God’s Word. Those who oppose us are so many and so powerful that resistance seems useless.
Dear Christian, you aren’t called to save the world. You are called to be faithful. Do what comes into your hand to do, and be faithful in doing it. Do your part, whatever that is, in God’s way. Leave the results to Him.
Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see what You have put into my hand to do. Show me how You want me to serve You today, no matter how small or insignificant it seems. Help me to be “faithful in a very little thing,” today. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles