All of a sudden this thought hit me as I was reading in Exodus recently. Here, read the text for yourself first.
1 Now a man of the house 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 river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl 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. And 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.” Exodus 2:1-10
Before Moses was born, the Hebrew midwives were instructed to kill every male child born to a Hebrew woman. The daughters were allowed to live, but the sons were to be put to death. When the midwives disobeyed, Pharaoh commanded the people to cast into the Nile every male child born to the Hebrews. Despite this edict, Moses is born. Moses’ mother keeps him secret for nearly three months. Then she places him among the reeds in a papyrus basket coated with tar and pitch. Pharaoh’s daughter discovers that basket, takes pity upon the child, and rescues Moses.
I find this principle among many others at work in this story. God’s plans prevail. Pharaoh attempted to kill every Hebrew male child and yet God had a plan for Moses. This child would live and this child would one day lead. God not only spared Moses, but He raised him in Pharaoh’s shadow. Better yet, it was Pharaoh’s daughter who pays Moses’ mother to nurse and care for him as a baby. This baby would become Pharaoh’s grandson; raised under the nose of the man who sought his demise.
Rest assured in this truth. Regardless of the struggles you face today or will face tomorrow, God’s plans and purposes will prevail. Sometimes circumstance may tempt us to doubt, but rest assured God’s in control. While man may battle man, man can never battle God and succeed. Just look at Moses’ story.