Proverbs For Mothers – Proverbs 31
Mother’s Day can be received with mixed emotion. After all, not everyone had a great mother. In addition, some miss their mothers on this day, for they have passed from this life. Some mothers doubt their effectiveness as a parent. Some mothers suffer through broken relationships between themselves and their children. Mother’s Day can be a day of joy or pain.
This woman in Proverbs 31 can seem a bit daunting. Actually she may be a composite of ideal womanhood. I do not believe she is here to intimidate our mothers. I have read that ancient Israeli mothers used this passage to teach their daughters the graces of a faithful, loving wife, mother. And they taught their sons to look for such a woman.
It is interesting to note that this passage is an acrostic. Each line of this section of Proverbs 31 begins with a Hebrew letter in alphabetical sequence. This was not intended it as a to-do list for women. Instead, it is a poetic tribute of a grateful husband who recognizes the contribution his wife and the mother of his children makes to his life. He couldn’t get by without her and he knows it!
In this passage are three qualities that every mother should cultivate in life (and truly every Christian):
1. A TRUSTWORTHY MOTHER. Her husband trusts her… she manages property, his name, his children (31:12).
The Mom Ministry is one of the toughest assignments God ever gave anybody! She’s got to be as insightful as a psychologist, tough as a marine corps drill instructor, gentle as a nurse. She’s got to be a labor and management negotiator. A teacher, an electrician, a plumber and a carpenter….It requires an endless supply of energy, a massive amount of patience, and iron will, and recognition of the fact that if she ever gets sick, she’s got to get well before the end of the school day. (uncertain of origin of that statement, it is not original with me. jd)
2. A TEACHING MOTHER. A mother is the first teacher of her children. The values of a child are set extremely early in life. By most experts accounts, by the time a child is four years old, their values and worldview have already been firmly set. Moms, you play a tremendous role in shaping those values. 2 Timothy 1:5 “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with saying, “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”
Susannah Wesley, who had 19 children is said to have prayed one hour every day for her children. She was strict. But she was unselfishly faithful. She had six rules for teaching her children the priority of the Savior:
*Subdue self-will in a child.
*Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.
*Give him nothing he cries for, and only what is good for him when he asks politely.
*Punish no fault confessed, but let no sinful act to go unnoticed.
*Reward good behavior.
*Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.
Mothers never stop teaching. When Preacher John Wesley was a student at Oxford University, he was shocked by the amount of drinking done by the students. (Wonder what he would think about college students today?) After writing to his mother, Susanna Wesley, for her counsel, he received the following words: “My dear son: remember that anything which increases the authority of the body over the mind is an evil thing.” We are in a society where it has never been more vital for parents to teach their kids the foundation of faith.
3. A THOUGHTFUL MOTHER. She lives for others… her children, her husband, her neighbors and the needy are all blessed by her thoughtfulness. Preacher G. Campbell Morgan had four sons and they all became ministers of the gospel. At a family reunion, a friend asked one of the sons, “Which Morgan is the greatest preacher?” While that son looked at his father, he replied, “MOTHER.” Emphasis is on inner beauty, not outward beauty.
One dear lady was asked what she used to make her complexion so beautiful. Her answer: It’s all in the make-up. Forget about the jewelry, it’s all in the make-up. For my lips I use truth. For my voice I use kindness. For my eyes, I use compassion. For my hands I use charity. For my figure, I use uprightness. For my heart I use love. For any who do not like me I use prayer.
Rubies were the most luxurious gems in the ancient world. They were hard to find. Only rich people could afford to buy them. A godly woman is a rare gem! She’s more valuable than the most precious stones in the world! 600 college students were asked to write down the most beautiful word in the English language. 422 of them wrote the word “mother”.
How can we truly pay tribute to our mothers and wives? Pray for them (strength, wisdom, spiritual passion); Appreciate them; and Love them. The Blessings that belong to the Godly woman:
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. – Proverbs 31:30, 31.
God bless our mothers!
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