Often times the most little noted person is one that has a major influence. A person’s influence is in no way related to the accolades or recognition they may get in the future. And the most influential people; the ones that are making a constant difference in people’s life and in the world don’t do it for recognition. Their contribution are a matter of their heart; their character; their values.
We’re probably familiar with the story of Moses. As a child he was hidden in the river until the daughter of Pharaoh, Bithia, came upon him. Moses’ older sister watched and then told Bithia she knew of a Hebrew nurse for the child; and Jochabed, Moses’ mother was called to be a nurse and help raise the child.
We often speculate as to Jochabed’s influence, and it is undeniable. But after Moses reaches his fame and has led the Hebrews out of slavery, across the Red Sea; Pharaoh’s armies are destroyed, he briefly recognizes another major influence.
In Exodus 15 Moses becomes the first recorded songwriter and recognizes the Lord’s triumph. But in the fourth line of the song he makes quite a statement, “this is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God and I will exalt Him.”
Little is known of Amram, but Moses recognizes his father’s faith in this little line of song written of God’s triumph over the cruelty of the Egyptians. Jochabed, we know, was directly involved in the childhood of Moses, but apparently so was his father and it was his father’s faith that was an ingredient in Moses’.
Looking back I clearly recognize the roll of my father’s faith in my life. I can only pray that, by the grace of God, my faith has a positive impact for my children.
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