Bible Reference: Proverbs 6:20-23
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
20 My son, obey your father’s godly instruction
and follow your mother’s life-giving teaching.
21 Fill your heart with their advice
and let your life be shaped by what they’ve taught you.
22 Their wisdom will guide you wherever you go
and keep you from bringing harm to yourself.
Their instruction will whisper to you at every sunrise
and direct you through a brand-new day.
23 For truth is a bright beam of light
shining into every area of your life,
instructing and correcting you to discover the ways to godly living.
OBSERVATION: As we head into Mother’s Day tomorrow, let us be careful to honor our mother, not just in appreciation for all they have done for us, but also in honor and obedience to what God instructed us in His Word. Notice that God was well aware that we would run into times where we might wonder if we could truly make it through this challenging life on earth. So He reminds us that the teaching we received from our mom was ‘life-giving’. Let’s try reflecting back on that godly teaching and ensure that we are applying it to our lives today!
APPLICATION: We are certainly going through some very challenging times right now, with crimes that we never thought possible during our lifetime. The church is also challenged to continue its mission through the discouragement of decreasing congregations, especially with our younger generation. Yes, I realize that this is a part of prophecy where the people will lose heart, and have no desire to worship God. But I believe this is also leaving our parents disheartened and disillusioned about what might they have done wrong in bringing their children up. Church leaders are constantly seeking God on what might they do differently to keep their ‘sheep’ interested in God, in the Bible, and in church ministries. Law enforcement is seeking answers on what might they do to stem the trend of increased crime and evil in our cities. Friends, I am convinced that the answers are all ‘in the Book’ – the Bible. Let’s be reminded that nothing catches God by surprise. It’s just us that always seem surprised. In addition to the wonderful, and timeless truth in our focal verses today, I was reminded in another Scripture that I read today, that when the disciples questioned Jesus on why they were not capable of ousting the evil spirit from the young man brought to them, Jesus responded that the issue was something that really required prayer and fasting. I wonder how often we manage to get over our little aches and pains at our prayer meetings, and instead go to prayer meeting after much fasting and prayer over the concerns of our young people who have chosen to ignore the teachings and leadership of their parents. Is it not serious enough for us to take such a drastic course of action? Friends, we the church, must be serious about our Father’s business, and make it a choice to attend our organized Prayer Meetings. We must be willing to make prayer a priority in our life – every day, and not just on Sundays and Wednesdays (or whatever days might be calendared by your church). To reiterate – tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I believe that there is no greater gift you can give to your mother than to hear her say ‘well done son/daughter, it is obvious to me that you are following my many years of teachings and instruction.’
PRAYER: Precious Lord, You showed us in many ways that Your love is beyond our comprehension. One of the ways that You have shown us love is by placing Your favorite daughter in our life, as our mother. I thank you for my mother – her love, her teachings and her dedication to make me the best that I could be. Please touch the heart of every son or daughter who reads this devotional, and help everyone to reflect on the godly teachings of our mother, and may we draw closer to You in ways that would make her proud and thankful that she had a part in our life. AMEN!