Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
The Influence of Mothers
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Happy Mother's Day to all you ladies. Our God highly esteems women who are mothers and those who have a mother's heart.
Grace to you.
In speaking of the things the LORD does for His own, Psalm 113 says, "He maketh the barren woman to keep house,
and to be
a joyful mother of children" (Psalm 113:9).
During the time of the Judges, Deborah, the prophetess, judged Israel. Judges 5 records the song of Deborah and Barak after the victory God gave them. Deborah sang, "
The inhabitants of
the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that that I Deborah
arose, that I arose a mother in Israel" (Judges 5:7). Deborah, the prophetess, identified herself as a mother in Israel. Being a mother in Israel was a higher calling than being a prophetess or being a judge in her eyes.
2 Samuel 20 records Joab's pursuit of Sheba to a city called Abel of Beth-maachah. Joab besieged the city. "Then cried a wise woman out of the city, . . . I
am one of them
faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in
Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?" (2 Samuel 20:16, 19). She was wise to ask what Joab was after and then convince her city to do what was necessary because she was peaceable and faithful, and a mother in Israel shouldn't be destroyed. A mother had influence upon men of war and upon her city.
Have you ever noticed that Abigail was married to a committed fool, Nabal? The Scripture says the man was very great (1 Samuel 25:2). I believe it was Abigail's virtuous influence on Nabal that enabled him to be great. After God delivered Abigail, David married her and she bare him one son (Chileab: 2 Samuel 3:3; Daniel: 1 Chronicles 3:1). There is no record of her son rebelling against David.
To be a mother is a higher calling than prophetess or judge; it is worth a city. She can make her man great even if he is a fool, and she influences her children for good.
Finally, let me remind you the Apostle Paul had no sons, but he was a spiritual father to many. Likewise, a woman with no children of her own can be a spiritual mother to many. A mother's influence . . . a woman's influence.
Mom, I sure do miss you!