Mommy Issues (Cornerstone)
May 14, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- Imagine yourself in Moses’ mother’s shoes. What fears would you face in the midst of her circumstances? Have you felt these kinds of fears in your own life?
- Where do you feel the pressure to be perfect? To comply with culture?
- Moses’ mother had no idea that her decision to release Moses into the river would lead to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and into the Promised Land. Likewise, you and I may never know the impact our decisions have on the future. How does that reality affect how you may or may not follow God? How does it affect the way you trust God?
He’s one of the world’s most noted public figures. He delivered a nation from slavery, partnered with God to part the Red Sea, hand delivered the 10 Commandments, and more. Jews, Christians and Muslims around the world attribute their survival to his leadership. His name is Moses. But there’s one moment in history – one decision made by one woman -- that made all that possible. One moment – four verses of Scripture – that could have changed the game for all of us.
This week in Family Feud, Paul drew our attention to Moses’ mother and the difficult (more like agonizing) decision she made to save his life. Her story illuminates some of the major challenges mothers face and how to find freedom from the struggle.
First, some context: Israel has been in Egypt, locked in slavery for four hundred years. They work hard, worship God and wait for deliverance. Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, notices the Israelites are “fruitful and multiplying greatly and becoming exceedingly numerous.” This is a threat to his power, so he orders every Hebrew boy to be killed. Genocide. Every Hebrew boy under the age of two should be thrown into the Nile. And it’s into that world, a Levite woman gets pregnant.
Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 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. 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. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. Exodus 2:1-4
Few of us are forced to choose between certain death and likely death on behalf of our children. Nevertheless, there are battles we face as parents that have significant implications for our families, ourselves included. Here are three useful tips to equip you (whether you’re a mom or not) to make healthier decisions on behalf of those you love:
- Stop trying to be perfect.
- Stop trying to comply with culture.
- Stop letting insecurity blind your impact.
Tune into the full message to hear more about how and why you can find freedom from the fight to get everything just right. Like Moses’ mom, you aren’t operating alone in the world. God is with you. And he’s at work.
During your First 15 this week, read Exodus 1-2. How do you see God’s hand at work in Hebrew history? If you were living inside this story, when might you have been tempted to despair and believe God had given up on you? As an outside observer, what encouragement would you offer to those inside the story? Are there places in your current story that you might be forgetting God is at work? What would it look like to renew your awareness that God is present, faithful and trustworthy?