In a world where we’re told that it isn’t good enough to be “just a mom,” and that we need to have a career as well, it would do us all good to take a look at this verse found in what has been termed “The Hall of Faith” chapter in the Bible. Jochebed and Amram aren’t listed by name, but there is no doubt who Moses’ parents are, and if ever there was a prize given out for the Hebrew “Mother of the Year,” I believe Jochebed would be high on the list, for the Lord used all three of her children to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt!
Jochebed’s name actually means “Yahweh is Glory” or “Glory of the Lord”—another fitting tribute to this momma. Her whole life must have been a great testimony of her faith in God, and yet we really don’t get to read that much about her. What little we can glean from her life comes through closely examining her children, which started me thinking about all the unsung heroes of the faith out there we lovingly call “moms.”
It’s time we roll out the red carpet and pay tribute to you, mom! There won’t be any television cameras, no camera flashes going off or golden statues handed out. There won’t be millions watching or even reading, but there is One who is always watching and ready to reward accordingly, so let’s go!
By faith, Jochebed recognized that there was something special about her son; whether it was his beauty or just something within, we’re not clearly told why, but Jochebed, like all moms everywhere, recognized a miracle when she saw one and the exceptional beauty that can come in all shapes and sizes, and she marveled at His precious gift to her!
By faith, Jochebed did not fear the king and the consequences of disobeying his edict. Her faith was greater than her fear and she knew the king’s commandment went against the laws of God. Just like all of us, when handed our child, we recognize that our lives are instantly, miraculously, and forever changed, and by God’s grace we will do anything to protect and provide for this special gift given us.
By faith, moms everywhere will face a time when they have to give their child up and place them into the hands of a virtual stranger, but ultimately entrusting them to the Lord’s care once more. Just like Jochebed did with Moses, moms are called by faith to place their children into the physician’s hands for surgery, care givers during the work week, school teachers, coaches, and later on perhaps even to the military. It never gets easier, but we give them over, by faith.
By faith, we sacrifice nicer “things” to be able to work lesser hours or not at all, so that we can stay home and care for our own. But also, by faith, some must sacrifice that time with their children in order to help provide for them. In each case, there are sacrifices made.
By faith, moms set their feet down and refuse to allow their children to have cell-phones, to have certain toys, or to watch certain programs and movies that “all the others kids get to” because they know it’s not what’s best for their children.
By faith, moms set curfews and stay up, keeping watch until their children are all safely home, or creeping quietly into their sleeping child’s room late at night to check on them one more time, stopping to lift up a prayer of thanks and protection once more.
By faith, moms everywhere are instilling in their children godly wisdom and values. They are teaching their children the Word of God and how to pray and how to have a personal relationship with Him, in hopes that one day, when they are grown, they will not depart from the truths taught to them when they were young.
To those moms I offer you this:
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” Hebrews 11:24-27
Despite growing up in Pharaoh’s palace, Moses never forgot the beliefs that his parents instilled in him at such a young age, nor did he forget the God they followed, but he chose to follow Him as well, rather than sharing in all the riches of Egypt.
So, here’s to you, Mom! The world may never fully appreciate the sacrifices you make for your children, in fact they may not understand them at all, and even ridicule you for them, but there is One who is watching over you and your children, and looks forward to the day He can welcome you home with the words, “Well done…”
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