Good News for Mothers
INTRODUCTION: Proverbs 31 is the classic portrayal of a godly, virtuous woman--a mother, a wife and a custodian of her household. With today being Mother's Day, half of the churches in America will either preach on or at least comment on Proverbs 31...and why not, you cannot find a better passage of Scripture to tell the story of motherhood.
When we conclude reading this chapter, we come away with the feeling that here, we have the prefect mother. She is a mother of character. She is a mother that ''fears' the Lord,'' meaning that she is a godly woman. She's industrious, taking care of the needs of her home. She doesn't wile away the hours, sitting around watching soap operas. No, this mother is a roll model for all to see.
Again, you will notice that there are no flaws in this woman's life. Read the chapter through, you will not find anything that detracts from her testimony. God put this story here as an example of what a godly mother should be like.
However, not all mothers are like the mother found in Proverbs 31. Unfortunately, all of us do have flaws--mothers and fathers, alike. Try as we may, there are often times when we fail to measure up; we have not always been the best parents. There are times when we know we could have done better, but we failed. There are times when the burden of responsibility has been more than we felt we could bear, causing us to neglect things of importance. Don't you wish you could just take a giant eraser and wipe away all the mistakes? I wish I could do that.
Well, I've got good news; the title of our message is ''Good News for Mothers.'' There are three things God would have you know; and you will find in this message some things that apply to every one of us.
I. God Remembers Your Efforts
II. God Forgives Your Failures
III. God Shares Your Burdens
I. GOD REMEMBERS YOUR EFFORTS
I believe somewhere in heaven, God must have a special book or diary, where He keeps a record of all a mother has done for her family. We know that God has a book of remembrance, where He records those special times of fellowship, when we sat around and talked about Him. In Malachi 3:16, it says, ''Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.'' Again, God keeps a book and a record of our tears. When we think He doesn't notice, He does, and He makes note of it. In Psalm 56:8, we read, ''Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?'' And so, surely, God has a book that contains all the efforts of a mother, a record of all those long hours, days and years she has invested in her children, which brings me to my first thought:
A. A Mother's Diligence
1. As we read proverbs 31, we find this mother to be diligent--there is no grass growing under her ...
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