13 Nov 2018
How Important Is the Ground of Our Hearts?
Hebrews 11:24 says:
“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.”
The story of Moses is unique. As a baby his parents entrusted him to God. They placed him in a basket and put it on the river. While Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing she saw the basket and had it brought to her. She opened it and found a beautiful baby boy crying. Her heart was full of love and compassion.
Miriam, Moses’ sister was close by offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him (see Exodus 2:7). Pharaoh’s daughter agreed, so Miriam brought her mother, who was paid to look after him. Remarkable!
When he was old enough, Moses was brought back to be a prince of Egypt to live in luxury. But he never forgot who he really was: a Hebrew. He was proud of it. One day, while out walking, he stumbled across a taskmaster treating one of his people badly, and he was outraged. In the spur of the moment Moses killed him. He thought it was covered up, but the following day he realised it would be known, so he escaped to the land of Midian.
Pharaoh was afraid that the Hebrews would take over Egypt and kill him. He had made a terrible decision by treating them as slaves, and he kept adding extra duties and hardships. But in all this their numbers kept increasing. All this came about so that the people would cry out to God about their sufferings with loud voices and remember His covenant with them.
Pause and reflect: “Lord, please fill my heart every day with Your love and compassion for the lost, my fellow believers in Christ and my own family. Let my light shine in the darkness. Amen.”