The 3 ‘UPs’
Three young girls, whose stories are told in the Bible, offer a beautiful example of how we can step up, speak up, and stand up, even when surrounded by danger, difficulty, or even the threat of death.
In the book of Exodus, Chapter 2, Miriam, the older sister of Moses and Aaron, stands on dangerous ground. The Pharaoh of Egypt, thought to be Ramses II, is concerned about the number of foreign workers there. In an act of genocide, he orders all Hebrew baby boys to be drowned in the Nile River. Now, Moses’ life is in danger. To save him, Miriam and Jochebed, their mother, hide him in a papyrus basket and float it on the river. But Miriam watches it carefully.
When Pharaoh’s own daughter finds Moses’ basket among the reeds at the edge of the river, she plans to adopt him. At this point, Miriam has a big choice to make. She wonders, Do I stay here and hide, or do I step up and dare to say something? Exodus 2:7 says, “Then (Miriam) approached the princess.”
Ironically, Miriam arranges that Jochebed be his wet–nurse. So, Moses is actually raised by his own mother in the home of Pharaoh—the man who had tried to kill him.
It takes courage to face conflict, step up, and then offer your help. It’s easier to hide. Think of how God might use you to save a life, if you dare to step up for Him.
In the book of 2 Kings, chapter 5, a young girl is in a difficult situation. Taken against her will and made a slave, she lives in a land called Aram where people scoff at her God. She works in the home of Naaman, the commander of the king’s army. Naaman also has leprosy, a dreaded disease.
She could remain silent and therefore safe, or she could dare to open her mouth and speak the truth of her God. Verse 3 records her choice. “One day, the girl said to her mistress, ‘I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.’”
It takes courage to talk about God when scoffers surround us. When friends effortlessly speak curse words and boast of their ungodly habits, it’s easier to convince ourselves that “a silent testimony is more powerful than a spoken one.” Can we dare to speak up for Him and expect that a healing will occur?
Jairus’ daughter has died. In Mark 5: 41, 42, Jesus tells Jairus not to be afraid, but to believe. “Holding her hand, [Jesus] said to her, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means ‘little girl, get up!’ And the girl, who was 12 years old, immediately stood up and walked around!” (NKJV)
It took the touch of Jesus to bring a girl back to life. Are you experiencing Jesus that close in your life?
True life can only come when we look up and take the hand of Jesus. Dare to stand up with Him, and you’ll also experience this life.
Even a miracle might occur.
—Captain Pamela Maynor
is the editor of Young