We all know Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt. The plagues, parting the red sea, the pillars of fire, manna from heaven, water from a rock… we love to hear those stories. To a lot of kids, Moses is a Bible hero, who did a lot of mighty exploits for God. But last Sunday in church, the spotlight was on Moses’ parents. Not a lot of us realize that beginning with very important decisions that his parents made, God’s plans for his life was set forth in motion.
Hebrews 11:23 (NIV) reads:
23 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.
One inconspicuous verse, but one that is so packed with major parenting principles.
By faith. A lot of the things we do as parents that really make a difference in our children’s lives are those that are done in faith. Discipline is an act of faith. Homeschooling is an act of faith. Going against the world’s standards and setting a higher standard for our kids is an act of faith. Moses’ parents were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith, they did not fear men, and what men could do to them. There will be certain decisions we will have to make that might not win the approval of man. But by faith we do them anyway, trusting that God is able to accomplish His purposes in my child’s life.
Moses’ parents hid him for three months. Moses’ parents protected him. Our children are under attack. Satan and this world have no good plans for our children. They don’t want what’s best for them. We know, in God’s wisdom, what’s best for our kids. Let us do our best to protect them from bad company, from media that can easily corrupt their minds, and from everything else that stands in the way of them fulfilling God’s purposes.
They saw he was no ordinary child. Vision. How do you see your kids now and in the future? Sometimes it is difficult to see past their mess and whining and disobedience. I always pray that God will enable me to see my children through His eyes. We can always dream of wealth and fame for our children, but more than anything, I want to understand what God has destined for them to do. I want only what God wants for them. It is only when the vision is clear and alive in our minds that we can persevere in the hard work of training and disciplining our children.
Three simple principles: Faith, Protection, Vision. When we make the right decisions early on, who knows how our children can be used by God in the future?