The Godly Mother
By Pastor J.D. Link
Pro 31:1 says, “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.” She goes on to teach him that popularity is deceiving, and beauty is vain – but a woman that fears (morally reveres and honors) the LORD, she shall be praised. Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (vs. 28, 30). The godly mother teaches her children to not look at popularity and beauty, because these things can be deceiving. Look for that person that is beautiful inwardly, and whose popularity is in Heaven; who honors God and His Word. Wise words from a wise mother!
God thinks very highly of mothers. He commands that they must be honored and reverenced (Ex 20:12, Lev 19:3). In fact, under the Law of Moses, cursing or hitting one’s mother drew the death penalty (Ex 21:15, 17; Prv 20:20). Even more, in graphic poetry, Solomon says in Prv 30:17 “The eye that…. despises to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.” Wow. That’s pretty harsh. I guess God wants children to honor Mom! So, what are some characteristics of Godly mothers?
1. They dedicate their children to the Lord, because they understand that their children are an inheritance and reward from the Lord (Psa 127:3). Moses’ mother entrusted him to the Lord, when she put him in a basket in the river – and she was rewarded (Ex 2). Hannah dedicated her first born son Samuel to the Lord, and was rewarded with sons and daughters (1Sam 2). Mary dedicated Jesus to The Father at the Temple after His birth (Lk 2). The Godly mother understands her children are actually God’s children, and she has been given stewardship over them. She understands His instruction manual for raising them is The Bible.
2. They teach their children the Scriptures (Prv 31:1, 1:8, 2Tim 1:5, 3:15). While the Father should take the leadership role in this, the Mother is to consistently teach her children God’s Word and precepts as well. This not only means reading them Bible stories, but looking for everyday examples to teach Godly principles. Start from the cradle!
3. They realize their influence on their children (Ezk 16:44-45, Mk 6:24, 2Ch 22:2-3, Son 8:2, Titus 2:3-5). A mother, by her actions; her dress; how she treats her husband; how she talks; her priorities; etc. – can have great influence on her children for evil or for good. The Godly mother understands this, and seeks to live for Christ in word and deed.
4. They encourage, and see potential in their children (Jn 2:1-5). Though Jesus had just started His ministry and had done no miracles; yet, Mary knew what His potential was, and spoke the wisest words a mother could ever say: “Whatever Jesus says, do it.” Godly Moms challenge their children to be all they can be for God.
5. They ponder things in their heart spoken about or seen in their children (Lk 2:28-33, 51). They take inventory of their children’s gifts and talents and calling in life. To steer a child, you must know a child. The Godly mother takes time to know her child.
6. They nurture their children. Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes (Lk 2:7). Hannah made little coats for Samuel (1Sam 2:19). They are the ones that comfort their children (2Kin 4:18-20), while Dads just say “walk it off” or “rub some dirt in it”. Though God is our Father, yet how He cares for His people is sometimes described in a maternal way (Isa 66:12-13). The Apostle Paul also described His pastoral care for the Church at Thessalonica as a “Nursing mother who cherishes her children” (1Thess 2:7). Praise God for nurturing, loving mothers!
7. They intercede for their children (2King 4:27-30). Godly mothers stand in the gap for their children. They pray for them. They keep them before God’s Throne. They understand the power of prayer, and never quit. Many a child heading for Hell have eventually returned to the Lord because of their mother’s loving intercession. Consistent praying is one of the greatest things a mother can do for her child.
8. They stand by their children’s side (Jn 19:25). Even at the horrible death of her Son, Mary refused to leave His side. Godly Mom’s stick with their children through thick and thin. Sometimes they have to give tough love, but it is always love, nonetheless. They have an undying love, a type of God’s great love for us.
There are no perfect people. No perfect Dads. No perfect Moms. Thank God for His grace, mercy and pardon – which is new everyday in Christ Jesus. What has been listed above is the Biblical ideal. It is not at all a condemnation, but an exhortation. If you have/had a mother who does/did any of the things listed above, be thankful. Many have no mother at all. If you have or had a mom that did or does all those things – be very, very thankful for her, for you are truly blessed. Moms, God loves you, and through His Spirit and Word, He can strengthen you; sustain you; encourage you; comfort you; give you wisdom; heal you; help you and guide you to be the best you can be!