In many parts of the world, Sunday, May 14 is used to celebrate and honor mothers. I think back to my grandmother particularly and remember the influence she had in my life as a young lad. She had a genuine love for Jesus and made sure to read Bible verses to me when I went to their home.
My mind also goes back to the first verses I read to my wife, the mother of our four children; “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). There are fourteen times in Proverbs that Solomon refers to the “fear of the Lord” and he begins by saying that it “is the beginning of knowledge…the beginning of wisdom” (1:7; 9:10). This becomes the foundation through which the influence of a godly mother is cast on her children and the generations to come.
Oswald Chambers warns against giving “credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God through childlike people who were foolish enough to trust God’s wisdom and the supernatural equipment of God”.(1) Wise women and mothers are those who have built their lives on the wisdom God gave them in a personal relationship through faithful prayer and reading the Bible. There are many mothers in Scripture who influenced subsequent generations, e.g, Lois and Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5), and I encourage present day mothers to follow their example.
I want to thank those mothers who seek to follow this biblical example and also challenge all mothers to make this quality a permanent mark of your lives. Whether you have children or not, God wants to use your Christ-like manner of life to steer the next generations in the right direction. I challenge every man reading this blog to read it also to their wife or mother.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, June 9th.
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