February 15
Exodus 2:1-10

A baby on the river

When Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, realized that his plan to stop the Israelites from becoming powerful was failing, he ordered every Hebrew boy to be killed.

A man and his wife who belonged to the tribe of Levi had a baby son. The mother was able to hide him for three months, but when she could not hide him any longer, she got a basket and coated it with tar. Then she put the baby in the basket and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the River Nile.

When Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the river to wash, she noticed the basket in the reeds and sent one of her slaves to get it. To her surprise she found the baby boy inside! His sister, who was standing nearby, quickly went up to the princess and asked if she should get one of the Hebrew women to look after him. Pharaoh’s daughter replied, “Yes go.” So she went to fetch her mother who nursed him.

When the boy grew older she took him back to Pharaoh’s daughter who named him Moses.

Did God know what I would be like before I was born?

You can find the answer in Psalm 139:15-16; “My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place…Your eyes saw my unformed body.”

Isn’t it wonderful that God could see you before you were even born? He could see you grow inside your mother and He formed you exactly the way He wanted you to be. God gave you your personality; He knew what your strong points would be as well as the things you would struggle with.

God knew that Moses would be a great leader, and so He carefully worked in his life allowing some weaknesses that would make Moses depend on Him and be humble (Numbers 12:3).

You may sometimes wish to be more perfect, yet God loves you just the way you are, because that is the way He formed you.

Verse for today

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart …” Jeremiah 1:5.