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Creative Obedience

"But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile" -- Exodus 2:3.

Pharaoh had ordered that all the male babies of Israel should be thrown into the Nile River upon birth in an effort to keep their numbers from increasing. That was not a creative solution to the problem of the Israelites growing too powerful in Egypt. Most of the families must have complied, but Moses' parents did not, and kept looking for a solution that would keep their boy alive. They displayed admirable creativity by obeying Pharaoh's order -- they did eventually throw their baby into the river -- but with a creative twist by first putting him in a waterproof basket. Their baby was found by Pharaoh's daughter and Moses' mother actually got paid to nurse her baby! That represents a creative solution to a difficult problem! Are you facing a difficult problem? Perhaps it would help if you followed Moses' parents' model by not rushing, taking your time, and making sure you have looked at the problem from every angle? Trust God for a creative solution and watch Him help you follow in the steps of Moses' parents who creatively obeyed Pharaoh but saved their son at the same time.

Lord, I am faced with problems every day at work, in my home, and in ministry. I need to approach my problems just like Moses' parents did, with creative and original thinking. Help me to look at my problems differently and thus be able to come up with different solutions.


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