Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
God was with Joseph. God was with Joseph when he entered Potiphar’s house and God was with Joseph when he was unjustly thrown into prison. Saying that God was with Joseph doesn’t mean that God was around part of the time but off doing other things at other times. God is always present. There is no time or place outside of God’s knowledge or His ability to act. When the Bible says that God is with someone, it means that God is acting on their behalf in a special way. God is not with us like a passenger in a car, who just happens to be near us. He is with us like a Father who never stops watching out for us and will give and do whatever is for our best.
The events in Exodus begin 400 years after Genesis closes. God had promised to Joseph’s father, Jacob (also called Israel), that God would make Jacob into a great nation while in Egypt [Gen 46:3]. It is in the 400 years between this promise and Exodus 1 that God established His people as a nation to be reckoned with. And that created a problem. Egypt could see that the Hebrews had become an impressive nation, so they tried to oppress God’s people. Actually, they tried to destroy God’s people. But just like God was with Joseph, God promised to be with Jacob in Egypt [Gen 46:4]. And He was. Exodus is the story of God delivering the people He built from the greatest threat they faced.
The passage for this coming Sunday has a Mother’s Day connection. The first 10 verses of Exodus 2 feature three women, and each has an important role to play in caring for baby Moses. One woman is Moses’ biological mother, another is his adoptive mother. The third is not a mother at all, but an older sister who courageously and compassionately watches over Moses and steps in when an opportunity arises.
We have many women at FBC in one or more of these categories. We have biological moms who have passionately embraced their calling. We have foster and adoptive moms who have stepped in when the biological mom could not. And we have many women who are not mothers in a legal sense, but courageously and compassionately watch over and care for others. Many of that last group would love to be mothers in one of the other senses, but that has not happened for them. Yet they still find ways to bless others.
In my observation, distinct challenges come with each calling on a woman. Biological moms, foster and adoptive moms, and those who carry a mother’s heart without the title, face unique joys and discouragements. Let’s make these women the focus of our prayers this week. Who in your life is a biological mom, a foster or adoptive mom, or carries the heart of a mom, maybe longing for children of her own? Spend time praying for them to have strength, wisdom, and to know that God is with them.