Scripture Union Discovery 27 February 2018 Daily Devotional
TOPIC: Peril or Promise?
Thank you, Lord, that You knew me before I was even born. I praise You that You have a plan for my life.
Read – EXODUS 2:1–25 (New International Version (NIV)
Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.
7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”
8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
Scripture Union Discovery 27 February 2018 Daily Devotional – Peril or Promise?
Moses Flees to Midian
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Reflect – CONSIDER GOD’S PERSPECTIVE ON YOUR BIRTH BY REFLECTING ON PSALM 139:13–16 AND EPHESIANS 1:4; 2:10.
In the 1990s, terrorism plagued my country. Just weeks after giving birth to my first baby, a colleague’s teenage son was killed in a bomb blast. It felt like the worst of times to raise a child. Releasing the terrors of the night into God’s hands was a daily struggle.
Moses was born during a time of terrible tyranny (Exod. 1:22).
When the midwife pronounced, “It’s a boy!” how might Moses’ parents have felt? From a parental perspective, this was a time of peril. Yet, from God’s perspective—as described by Stephen, the first Christian martyr—this was a time of promise (Acts 7:17a), because Moses’ birth set in motion God’s action plan for the fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham (24). In the midst of great peril, God’s gracious provision was evident (5–10).
Moses’ actions, however well-intentioned, only resulted in unwarranted setbacks and suffering (11–15). While God’s master plan can never be thwarted, its realization happens in God’s way and in God’s time (23–25). Trust is not only believing God’s Word, but awaiting its fulfillment with patient obedience.
Is there some situation in which God is inviting you to relinquish control and choose to trust his wisdom? Do so today.
Pray Proverbs 3:5,6 over your life.
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