Down in the Weeds

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Exodus 2:4-9

Shall I go and call you a nurse? (v. 7)

Two girls down in the weeds: one a slave, one a princess. Two girls down in the weeds, and one baby crying in a basket. They know the rule: the boy must die. But the princess wells up with compassion. The slave girl acts and a baby boy lives another day. In this situation, God weaves events and people to shape the future. Neither girl could have known, but at this moment, down among the weeds, God is orchestrating an 80-year plan to deliver Israel from slavery. It hinges on two girls down in the weeds. The princess’s life-giving compassion and the sister’s courageous action lead to unimaginable results. The boy’s own mother even receives wages to nurse him!

Compassion and action find their fulfillment in Jesus, the one to whom these two girls point. The Bible says, “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them” (Matt. 9:36). It also says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Jesus feels compassion for us and acts for us by dying in our place. We are spared hell and receive eternal life.

Thinking about your own life, who was filled with compassion for you? Who took action on your behalf? What small, defining moments can you see leading to where you find yourself now? And, while you consider your life, look around you now. Who is God placing before you down in the weeds? —Jon Opgenorth

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your compassion and for acting on my behalf.