Sending Your Kid To School

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
Children all across our country are returning to school in a variety of ways. Some have opted to return to school virtually, while others are returning to in-person. I watched as I dropped my own daughter off at school as parents were wrestling with various emotions. Some were smiling. Some were wiping tears off their face. Some were upset they could not walk their child inside. These are unusual times we find ourselves in, and as a parent you could be wrestling with a number of emotions and feelings as your child returns to school.

I even found myself needing some sort of peace about this upcoming school year. So I brought it to the Lord, and he spoke to me through a passage of Scripture in Exodus.

In the second chapter of Exodus you can read about the birth of one of the greatest heroes in the Bible, Moses—and his amazing mother, Jochebed.

A few verses before we read about Moses being born, we read about Pharaoh ordering every newborn boy be thrown into the Nile River. Pharaoh was inexplicably evil, willing to murder precious baby boys so that the Israelites would not grow to outnumber his people. Can you imagine the horror Jochebed felt when she delivered Moses and her midwife whispered in her ear, “It’s a boy.”

You know for nine months as she carried him she hoped and prayed that she would have a girl, for a girl she could keep. But God gave her a son, now what was she going to do with him?

The Bible said she saw that Moses was special. I believe with all my heart that God gifted women with a gift of discernment. She could see God’s hand on her baby boy’s life, so she kept him hidden for three months. I have two children and let me tell you it would be very, very difficult to keep an infant hidden for three months. She probably did all she could to prevent her son from crying. She was probably with him every waking minute, and I’m sure her bond with him grew stronger each passing day, but the time had come when she realized she couldn’t hide him any longer. She made a basket for him, lined it with his favorite blanket, put him in it, and left the basket near the river in some tall grass.  She had to be terrified, right? Wrong!

Hebrews 11:23 (NKJV) 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.

This verse tells us she was not afraid. Moses’ parents hid him not out of fear but out of faith! When Jochebed left her baby in the basket that day, she was showing God she trusted Him to take care of her son. She stepped out in faith and God followed with favor. God not only took care of her son, but He made a way for Jochebed to continue to mother her beautiful baby boy.

As a parent, it can feel like your sending your own child in the Nile River. You have a choice to make: faith or fear?

After reading about Jochebed, it prompted me to choose faith.

Jochebed sent Moses into a land where God was not welcome and in spite of all that the Lord mightily used him. God had a plan for Moses, and he has one for your child too!

Today I prayed some specific things for my daughter. I'm sharing them with you today in hopes that you too will pray for your child as they return to school.

  1. Pray for protection - I prayed and believed God to protect my child. I asked the Lord to protect her physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I prayed that no evil would come upon her or near her in Jesus name.
  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit - I prayed and believed for the Holy Spirit to guide my daughter while at school. I asked in prayer for the Holy Spirit to guide and lead my daughter in choosing friends. I prayed for my daughter to be a leader in her school, and for the light of Jesus to shine through her in all that she does.
  3. Pray for the teacher - The main purpose for sending our children to school is for education. God has gifted incredible men and women to teach and educate our children. Your child will spend countless hours learning from their teacher. If our child is spending hours with someone we should pray for them as they are responsible for our greatest gift. I asked God to give my daughter favor with her teachers. I prayed for her teacher's family and asked God to bless her in incredible ways. I prayed and believed that God would protect every teacher this upcoming school year. I prayed and believed for the peace of God to fill her classroom as she educates, loves, and cares for each child.

Jochebed, a wife and a mother to three children, made a decision to have faith instead of fear, and her faith changed the course of history. Whatever your plan is for school this year—home school, virtual, Christian, private, or public—don’t be afraid. Choose faith over fear. Launch your kids into their best year yet, full of faith in our great God!

Believing for a great school year with you,

Pastor Justin Mitchell

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