We can say with certainty that Jochebed was a woman who pleased God. Her faith is surely evident. Who but a woman of faith would hide her child when there was an edict calling for his death along with every other newborn Hebrew male and then let him go not once but twice. We know that it was by faith that she and her husband hid their son, the future deliverer of the Hebrew people, because they saw that he was beautiful and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. (Hebrews 11:23). Yet on that day she discovered she was expecting, fear must have gripped her heart. What if the child in her womb was a boy? Did she grieve for the little one under her breast before he was even born? Did she spend countless hours on her knees drawing near to God pouring out her heart to Him for her precious baby? We know nothing about what Jochebed experienced between that day that should have been a joyous one and the day she delivered her son.
As I’ve been reading the words of the psalmist in the Song of Ascents this week, I couldn’t help but think of Jochebed and wonder if her words were similar to these as she cried out for the life of her child.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence shall my help come from? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
“Unto You do I lift up my eyes, O You Who are enthroned in heaven. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy and loving-kindness for us.” (Psalm 123:1,2)
“Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” (Psalm 130:1-5)
Something happened at the moment Jochebed and her husband laid eyes on their newborn son and saw his beauty. What was this beauty they saw? The book of Acts speaks to this beauty. “At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house.” (Acts 7:20). I wonder if at that very moment, as they looked at him and saw that he was beautiful in God’s sight, that they looked at each other and knew what they were to do. One can only wonder. But I can imagine Jochebed speaking words like these – “In my distress I cried to the Lord and He answered me.” (Psalm 120:1)
What about you today? Is there a circumstance in your life out of your hands? Lift up your eyes and cry out to the Lord in faith believing that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
We have set apart today at T2 Women as a day to seek the Lord in prayer for our children and grandchildren. We invite you to join with us. We’ll be sharing on our Women in the Word facebook page. You can request an invitation here. Join us Monday as we study the life of Jochebed’s daughter, Miriam