Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sleeping Child

1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.
Exodus 2:1-3, English Standard Version

Sleeping Child

The verses above are part of a very familiar Bible story, the story of Moses. As we consider these verses, I would like to look at this from a different perspective. Let us consider Exodus 2 from the perspective of Baby Moses.

Baby Moses was in danger! All boy babies were to be thrown into the river and drowned, yet, what mother could allow such a thing? At three months of age, he was a beautiful child, with so much promise for his future. Desperate to try anything, Moses' mother made a sea-worthy basket to protect Moses from the river water, and placed the basket in the river near the house of Pharaoh's daughter.

Let us back up for just a moment and think about Moses. How did he feel about being placed in a basket-boat in the river? How did he feel about the dangerous position he was in? Was he concerned that the Egyptian soldiers would discover him and kill him on the spot?

Of course not. Moses had no such concerns; his only concerns were comfort and food. The basket provided all the comfort he desired, and I am sure the gentle waves lulled him to sleep. Had the princess not discovered him, he probably would have slept longer. But, when the sleeping child was awakened, he realized he was hungry, and began to cry.

What a picture! Who does Baby Moses represent? He represents the Christian. Here we are in a world filled with danger; our enemy is in constant pursuit desiring to destroy our very souls. But wait; why are we not sleeping as was this baby? Why are we so filled with worry and stress that sleep is often the last thing on our minds?

As we look upon this sleeping child, we need to realize that that should be us! God has placed us in the comfort of a warm and snugly, waterproof basket, totally protected from the world around us. And, when we awake hungry, He has already provided for our food. It is our own lack of faith which keeps us from realizing this daily comfort provided to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us take some time today and think about this sleeping child. We must pray that God would take away the worry, stress, guilt, and other emotions that smother us and keep us from a close walk with the Lord. We must pray that God will grant us the sweet peace and comfort of a sleeping child, as we trust in His Almighty love and protection.

God Bless You,

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