Today’s Scripture: Exodus 2:4-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:6
Miriam was the older sister of Moses. Scripture isn’t clear whether Jochebed, their mother, instructed Miriam to stand watch over Moses, or if Miriam acted on her own. Regardless, such an action could have meant death for all of them.
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:6, “Let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert (vigilant) and self-controlled.” The British Royal Guard is an excellent example of what it means to be alert. They are trained to stand completely still and expressionless because it is a form of discipline. While the guards may appear passive, they are actually extremely aware and ready to move into action at any sign of danger.
Miriam remained “on duty” at a distance to see what would happen to her baby brother. It is quite impressive that this young girl could keep her head and play a key role in saving her brother’s life. We don’t know how long she waited, but when Pharaoh’s daughter appeared, Miriam was ready to move into action.
Often God’s plans are communicated to us when we are in a place of inactivity. It is important for us to remain alert to His voice, even if it appears nothing is happening. At just the right moment, God will orchestrate our circumstances and move us into action. We just might miss that moment if we fail to stay alert.
- What do you find is the most challenging about remaining alert?
- Today, ask God to help you see things you might miss without His help.