|"Do not fear, I have redeemed you.|
I have called you by name. You are
mine." Isaiah 43:1b ESV)
That's why I guess, this Old Testament story gave me pause! It's nestled between the accolades of King Solomon and his request for wisdom rather than possessions (I Kings 3:1-15) and the onset of his long prosperous reign in Israel! But the real story to me, is not in Solomon's wise judgement but in the sacrifice of one incredibly courageous mother! Say her name with me, she is.....
A SACRIFICING MOTHER (I Kings 3:16-28)
There are two unnamed women in this story! Funny how the Bible writers don't tell us their names but didn't forget to mention their profession--they were prostitutes and they were mothers! Could it be that, God needed to remind us that His grace covers even sinners who could draw a nice pension from the world's oldest profession?
Again, I encourage you to read the scriptures for yourself, but let me just say to you. When it came down to a life altering decision to be made; of the two women...only one made the choice of a mother!!! Here's a bit of wisdom that we need to share with young women today!
1. Motherhood is a Spiritual calling (one of the highest)--sacred and life-long! It is not a burden but a privilege and a place of powerful influence on the world.
It is not a hobby to venture into as trendy, convenient, and if need be, transferable when you want to do your own thing! You don't pick it up and put it down like a toy once you've grown tired of the responsibility. Children are a precious gift from the Lord (Psalms 127:3) no matter how they got here!
2. Motherhood is a Sacred duty! Mothers are the child's first teachers! That's why two verses in Proverbs, the book of wisdom, tell us that we should train, even from the womb, the child's personality and behavior toward God's purposes (Prov. 22:6; 15). He has entrusted such to us and the result has been mind blowing! (2 Tim. 1:5-6, Ex. 2:1-10, Luke 2:39-40) To neglect this duty is an embarrassment to the goodness of the Lord!
3. Motherhood is a Selfless priority! When you bring a child into the world, life is no longer, all about you! Forget about those so-called rights and cultural privileges and entitlement! I've known mothers to go without food so their children could eat. (And some mothers who got their nails done instead of grocery shopping!) Who wore shoes with holes so their children could be clothed. (And some who bought shoes while their children wore holes!)
Who delayed their dreams, so their child could achieve theirs, (And some who let others raise their child, go to their games, and birthday parties, while they finished their degrees!) The sacrificing mothers are in the first bunch and some have never given physical birth. They are god-mothers, foster mothers, surrogate mothers, spiritual mothers, grand mothers, adopted mothers, etc.
THANK YOU GOD FOR THESE NAMELESS MOTHERS -THANK YOU THAT THE CHILDREN THAT THEY HAVE NURTURED, AND ARE IN POWERFUL PLACES OF INFLUENCE, CAN NOW RISE UP AND CALL THEM BLESSED! (Proverbs 31:28)!
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