Godly MothersBro. David Chancellor
5/10/2009 11:00 AM
2 Chronicles 22:1-4
And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his steads: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.
It matters what you’re passing on to your children. This mother taught her son to do evil. She didn’t have her son’s interest at heart. She wanted to be queen and so she ruined her son. His life was short because of his wickedness. She is an example of how a mother can destroy her child. There is a need for godly mothers. These mothers have the good of their children at heart and teach them to do well and be successful in life. Parents need to consider what they’re passing down to their children. Appreciate the godly mother that trained you in what was right.
And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
This mother counseled her son to do wickedly. She was going to have him deceive his father. It didn’t turn out so well for any of them. Jacob became a fugitive because of what he’d done. "And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob." (Gen. 25:28) The problem happened because of a divided home. Parents shouldn’t be partial and divided before their children. Trouble between parents needs to be resolved. Parents need to love all their children alike, even if you interact with them as they need because they’re different. It takes the grace of God to be a good mother. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, but God can help you to know how to handle every situation. Mothers help to lay the foundation for kids to know God.
2 Timothy 1:1-5
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank god, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
This is a good picture. There is a pattern going on here that you would like to see continue. Parents pass on their beliefs to their children and help them to know how to come to God. They still have to find God for themselves, but they’ll have a foundation of belief to build on. What they receive they’ll have for the rest of their lives. Be careful not to pass on your fears. Give them your faith. Start young. Pray for wisdom. You want to give them what will be lasting and will help them in life.
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
What your parents give you about God is there to point you to God. Mothers work for God by training their children. They lay the foundation for homes, lives and the nation. Work to instill principles of right and the knowledge of God. It’s never too late to hold up the flag for God. We all need the salvation that God provides.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
To rejoice later, spend time training your children to do right now. Mothers have a hard job and don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Find God for yourself so that you can pass on that knowledge to your children.