We all know the story of Moses and the amazing miracles God performed through him as he faced the mighty Pharoah and demanded “Let my people go.” But have you ever thought of his mother and the crazy circumstances she was forced to live in as she learned to trust God in difficult times?
Welcome to the sixth edition of our series on mothers of the Bible! We are studying the life of the mother of Moses and how she learned to trust God in difficult times. Bible stories about trusting God are not only encouraging but remind us that we are not that different from the men and women God worked through thousands of years ago and are recorded specifically for us.
The Story of the Mother of Moses
There really isn’t much written about the mother of Moses, but we know that she lived in dangerous times. Her name was Jochebed and she was of the house of Levi.
The book of Exodus begins with the descendants of Jacob growing and multiplying in the land provided for them by Joseph. They are safe through the seven years of drought and Joseph, as well as Pharoah, dies.
There arises a Pharoah that does not know Joseph and he begins to worry that the Hebrews are becoming too large in number. His own people may be threatened by these strangers.
His first plan of action is to turn them into slaves.
Next, he instructs the midwives to kill all the baby boys that are born. The midwives refuse to. This annoys Pharoah and he declares that all newborn boys must be thrown into the river.
It is during this time that Jochebed gives birth to a son. She hides him for three months, obviously terrified he is going to be found and thrown into the river.
The Bible provides very little information about what this sweet mother of Moses was thinking nor what her reasoning is for her next action.
She makes a basket and waterproofs it. She lays her beautiful baby boy into it, puts a lid on it, and sends him off into the Nile River. She has no idea what will happen to her son.
She instructs her daughter, Miriam to follow the basket.
Baby Moses floats along the river and ends up at the palace. He is found by Pharoah’s daughter. She decides to take the child as her own and after hiring Jochebed to nurse her own child, she raises him in the palace as an Egyptian prince.
Learning to Trust God in Difficult Times Means Letting Go of Our Own Control
Talk about trusting God in difficult times. I have pondered over and over why Jochebed chose to put Moses into the river. She really couldn’t think of any other way to keep him safe? Did she feel that was her only option?
If he remained with her, the Egyptian taskmasters would have surely discovered him as his cries became louder.
Jochebed chooses to let go of her own control and place Moses completely in God’s hands. Are you in a season of learning to trust God in difficult times? Floating your child down a river is the farthest thing from your mind, but I imagine you have that same helpless feeling.
How Do You Trust God In Hard Times
Letting go of your own control is key to trusting God in hard times. Sometimes that means simply waiting on God’s timing and others it means actively letting go.
Our brave mother of Moses could not keep her own child safe. She had to hand him over to God and trust that He would take care of him.
And God does!
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. (Hebrews 11:23)
Moses’s parents are listed in the famous faith chapter in Hebrews 11. Paul could’ve skipped over them and focused on the mighty prophet, but he doesn’t. He makes a point that it was their faith that saved their son.
So the first step to trusting God in hard times is letting go of your own control over the situation. You can read more on letting go and trusting in God in this post “How to Let God Fight Your Battles: The Story of Jehoshaphat”
The second step would be to pray, trust God, and see what happens. Your answer might not come immediately. Your heart may burn for years before your hopes are realized, but do not doubt. God is in control.
For more encouragement on faith check out these Bible stories about trusting God.
What Does the Bible Say About Trusting God in Hard Times
Ok! Now for a few verses. What does the Bible say about trusting God in hard times? I could quote verse after verse about how God is with us and loves us but I want to take a different route this time (I already have a dozen posts like that).
These verses focus on faith because without faith is is impossible to trust God in hard times.
Let’s hop back over to Hebrews 11 for a few verses.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (verse 1)
Basically, faith is believing that what you pray has happened. You see it as if it has already come to pass.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (verse 6)
God doesn’t want wishy-washy. You can’t believe in an all-powerful God and then constantly worry about hard times. James has good verses about trusting in God and leaving it there.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8)
I don’t know about you, but I do NOT want to be double-minded and unstable! That will not bring us peace and help us trust God in difficult times!
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:22-24)
Those things include both peace during hard times as well as deliverance from them. We must keep in mind that sometimes it is God’s will that we stay in our hard times. It is not always meant for us to be delivered from them.
This then brings up another point. Learning to be content in your hard times, trusting that God is in control and is working all things for your good, just as He promised.
Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
Paul instructs us to be patient in tribulation. Learning to trust God in difficult times includes being patient with His timing and His will.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
I love how Paul tells us here to not be anxious. Why not? Because we are bringing our fears to the Lord and He will guard our hearts and minds.
Isn’t that amazing? So then, why do we not feel better after we pray?
We are taking control back. We are not leaving it in God’s hands.
A Few More Thoughts on Trusting God in Difficult Times
I feel as if this is a heavy subject that applies to all of us in various ways throughout our lives. Learning to trust God in difficult times does not happen overnight and I can bet Jochebed struggled as she placed her beautiful baby boy in that basket.
For those of you who feel the urge to dive deeper into this subject, I’ve rounded up several resources from other bloggers. My prayer is for God to continue to speak to your heart.
Downpour: Learning from Life’s Storms by Cheyenne Hasty
10 Ways to Learn How to Trust God Completely by One Expectant Life
36 Bible Verses about Trusting God by Rock Solid Faith
Check out the other mothers in our Mothers of the Bible Series for more Bible stories about trusting God.