God’s Gift of Mothers
Verse 2 …and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.
Family. This is something we all are a part of but it can look different for everyone. This week we will be looking at various portions and styles of biblical families.
Mother, mom, momma, mama – no matter how you say or spell your name for her she is a vital part of any family. Her role may change through the years but the need of such a person in our lives doesn’t change. God designed the role of the mother and had specific things that He designed her to be. Now we need to clarify that just being a woman doesn’t make her a mother. And while in the physiological sense having conceived a child does make a woman a mother, it isn’t the bearing a child that makes one a biblical mother.
The role of mother is so vital to the family and to society. While there are not as many moms working in the home in our day and age, the role that a maternal figure plays in the development of a child is clear. The biblical mother shows the child through her actions and attitudes how to deal with authority and stress. A child growing up in a home where mother is unkind to father is less likely to submit to authority and God. For most children they learn how a house should be kept by seeing how mother maintains the home. The mother often has the biggest influence on the child’s view of food and their food likes and dislikes. And a mother who values the Lord will find that her children are more likely to follow the Lord when they have watched mom grow in her relationship with Him.
There are many stories of mothers in the Bible. From Eve to Eunice, Timothy’s mother, women are listed as playing a role in their children’s lives. But there are also stories where the mothering was done by someone that wasn’t the biological mother as in the cases of Bilhah with Benjamin, the Egyptian princess with Moses and Naomi with Ruth. There are also stories of mothers that were struggling as single mothers like the widow with two sons that Elisha helped (2 Kings 4:1-7). One thing all these women had in common was their heart for their children.
While we don’t want to diminish the title nor the role we must acknowledge those who took on the role of mother though not by natural means, whether through adoption or marriage to a man who already had children from a previous relationship. They play no less a role in the lives of these children. In fact in some cases they may have a bigger impact as they prove through their actions that they have chosen to love the child. God cares for His children by placing moms – whether physically or spiritually – into our lives.
Making It Personal
What is/was your relationship like with your mom? What is something that you learned about God from your mom? What is a spiritual practice you learned from your mom?
Making It Personal Kids
How special is your mom to you? Has your mom taught you something about how Jesus wants you to live? What is something special you can do for your mom today?
Father, thank You for creating the role of motherhood and for all the good examples You have given about how a godly mom lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.