Mother’s Day is on May 9th. Although Proverbs 31:10-31 is speaking about a wife, a wife is usually a mother. The descriptions of this virtuous woman are the epitome of a Godly mother.
Remember your mother and how many of these things were true about her.
The Godly Mother
Relationship to her husband (10-12)
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
The relationship between the husband and wife is a key component to a happy home. This mother has gained the trust of her husband. She is highly valued. She seeks the best for her husband and family.
We should never take our mothers for granted. As we will see, without them our families and households would fall apart.
She provides for her family (13-14)
13” She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”
These verses give us an introduction to the Godly mother. She determines what her family needs and then procures it. Whether it be goods, services, or food.
Today’s mother is constantly on the go. She has things to do, places to go, and people to see. The end state is that her family has what it needs.
She prepares meals for her family (15)
15” She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”
Every Godly mother prepares food for their family. She gets up early to prepare breakfast. Packs lunch for family as they walk out the door. Then has meal waiting for them when they get home.
Unfortunately, that does not happen these days. With a families hectic schedules, meals are not eaten together anymore.
She is a gardener (16)
16” She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”
This Godly mother is a gardener. She has a plot of ground and plants crops to feed her family.
Much like our moms today.
This Godly mother oversees her household. She knows what needs to be done and does it. She has the trust of her husband.
She completes a myriad of tasks. We have just touch the surface on what she does. As we will see, without her, the family unit would fall apart.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 1-907-715-4001 firstname.lastname@example.org