Have you ever tried to keep a baby quiet or get a little one to stop crying? It seems like a pretty impossible task. You may have observed a young mother trying to calm or distract her infant in church or at a restaurant. Sometimes it works but other times that baby is just going to make a whole lot of noise.
“Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket … She put the child in [the basket] and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.” ~Exodus 2:1-3
The young mother of Moses kept him hidden for three months in order to save his life. The Egyptian king had instructed the Hebrew midwives to kill baby boys at birth (Ex. 1:22). While reading and pondering the first three chapters of Exodus my mind has been drawn to one specific word – Purpose. This boy, born to Levite parents, was specifically chosen. God directed each and every detail of his life. Consider these as samples:
- Born to Levite parents
- Protected from death at birth
- Wise mother hid him for three months
- Found by the daughter of Pharaoh in a floating basket
- Big sister was a problem solver
- Nursed by his mother for Pharaoh’s daughter
- Raised and educated as an Egyptian prince (first 40 years)
- Murdered a man and Pharaoh sought to kill him
- Fled to Midian desert (second 40 years)
- Happened to meet 7 daughters of the priest of Midian
- One daughter became his wife
- One day he led his flock to Horeb, the mountain of God
We read through these verses quickly and neglect the reality, the human interest part, the purpose displayed in so many details. God had a plan for His people, Israel, and He raised up a man to lead them out of their Egyptian slavery. Moses’ life was filled with purpose.
“During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” ~Exodus 2:23-25 (emphasis mine)
The words, “And God knew,” seemed to jump right off the page of my Bible. Yes, He did – God knew. I began to ask myself what specific facts did God know (because He knows every detail of each of our lives). This seems like a wonderful place to begin the New Year. God knows the intimate details in your life … in my life. Surrounding it all, God’s master plan includes purpose. No matter what you might be facing, the circumstance staring you straight in the face, or the changes right around the corner, you can embrace a God who has the ability to work all things together for good – according to His plan, according to His purpose.
“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 (AMP)
God knows the details of your life. Take some time and write out a list of personal details in your life. I like to do this in 5 or 10 year segments. Then, look specifically for God’s hand moving and working during those specific years because remember, God knew. It’s my prayer that you might have a more clear view of God’s purpose. I trust this time of reflection will lead you to worship Him with a grateful heart.