Lessons from Biblical Mothers

Lessons from Biblical Mothers

Mother’s Day will be celebrated in just a few days. We will be remembering our own mothers and receiving accolades from our children for years of love and sacrifice.

These gifts and words are appreciated more they we can express but can also bring on thoughts of all the mistakes we have made while raising our offspring. None of us are perfect, but when we are focused on training our children in the fear of the Lord, God blesses our efforts. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). He doesn’t want us to live in regret of the past mistakes but trust Him for the future of our children.

His Word also gives us examples of mothers who listened to God and others who didn’t. These biblical mothers can teach us from their lives, and the consequences of their decisions, whether good or bad, are recorded for our benefit.

Lessons we can learn:

Eve – Know the command of God clearly. Eve told the serpent God told them not to eat of the tree or touch it lest they die. But God didn’t say anything about touching it, He said don’t eat from it. She either wasn’t aware of what God really said or she was too absorbed in the temptation to remember.

Sarah Don’t get ahead of God’s timing. Abraham and Sarah were promised a son. When they got tired of waiting, Sarah took it upon herself to get a son another way. Because of that decision, we have the Middle East crisis where descendants of Isaac and Ishmael are still fighting.

RebekahDon’t play favorites with your children. Rebekah’s favoritism toward Jacob caused the split between the brothers. The family was divided and in strife and Jacob had to leave home to keep Esau from killing him.

Hannah –Be faithful to your word. Hannah prayed for a son and when her blessing arrived she honored God and was willing to give her son to the work of the Lord. God blessed her with other children and she still was able to see Samuel when she and her family visited the temple. Because Hannah was faithful, Samuel was born to be a great prophet of God.

Mary – Be willing to listen and obey. Mary humbled herself when the angel of the Lord told her she would bear God’s Son. In her culture, she knew she was going to have a difficult time being ridiculed and rejected while being pregnant and unmarried. She didn’t know how the future would play out, but she trusted God.

Elizabeth – Don’t give up. Elizabeth and Zechariah had prayed for a child for many years. The age was past when this could happen without a miracle. Their prayers were heard and a great prophet was born who paved the way for the Messiah.

Lois and Eunice– Don’t compromise with culture. Timothy’s mother and grandmother raised him in the fear of the Lord amidst a heathen Greek culture. Timothy became a student of Paul’s and was a  pastor of one of the churches Paul established.

While none of us will be able to do any of these lessons perfectly, God honors those who are seeking and trusting Him for guidance. God loves our children more than we do. When we stand on His promises, He is faithful to bring them to pass.

May you have a blessed and happy Mother’s Day!

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Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. She is a board member of the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers. Barbara posts on her blog.

Comments

  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a great post about mothers – I love the lessons you pointed out with each of these Biblical mothers.

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  2. Thanks Laurie. I’m glad God gives us others to learn from in this parenting experience. Happy Mother’s Day!

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