Hidden Strength

Ericka Loynes

Read: Exodus 1:22; 2:1-10

When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. (2:3)

When I was a kid, I read Corrie ten Boom’s book (and watched the movie) The Hiding Place. Amid a Nazi invasion in the Netherlands, Ten Boom mustered the strength to defy German authorities and offer shelter to Jews who were in hiding. Once her secret was exposed, she was sent to prison and later to a concentration camp. Through a deeply rooted Christian faith, she remained strong and, ultimately, survived the torturous internment.

The thought of anyone being tortured or killed is horrific, and when babies are the target, this is even more unthinkable. In Exodus 2, Jochebed is determined to protect her baby boy from being drowned. Her fear of Pharaoh is overshadowed by her reverence for God, so she hides her son. In an unexpected, but providential turn of events, the river that is supposed to take her son’s life actually saves it. Unknowingly, her strength has also saved the man who will one day deliver the Hebrews from slavery.

Challenging authority that is contrary to God’s law takes mental toughness, especially when we, or our loved ones, face imminent danger. We must rely on God’s strength for the challenge and recognize that the stand we take today could positively impact tomorrow. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to resist what is not in line with your ways.