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May 10, 2012

Thank God for Godly mothers

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The wise man Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”  People who try to live in accordance with the will of God will find that their God-given principles will make them stronger.  Conversely, a nation that abandons the principles found in God’s word will soon fall.  This has happened time and time again throughout the history of the world.

I believe that godly mothers are crucial to the survival of our country.  For most people, mothers have more influence on their lives than anyone else does.  If a country has godly mothers, more than likely it will be a godly country.  Godly mothers like Hannah will have a great impact upon their children.  Thank God for mothers like her!

We read about Hannah in the first two chapters of I Samuel.  She desperately wanted a son, and she was very depressed when she went for years without giving birth.  She prayed fervently for a son.  In that prayer, she vowed that if God would give her a son, she would give her son to the Lord all the days of his life.  In answer to her prayer, God gave her a son, and she named him Samuel, which means “asked of God.”

Samuel became an outstanding judge and a great prophet.  He was extremely useful in God’s service.  The Israelites could thank Hannah for the part she played in influencing and helping him develop into such an outstanding individual.  Though little space is devoted to Hannah in the Bible, we can learn some very special things about her.

Hannah was a person who worshiped God regularly.  That is a good habit for anyone.  Hannah knew that the best thing she could do for her children was to make God the center of their lives.  We need mothers like that today.  We need mothers who will overcome all obstacles in order to faithfully worship God.  Many young parents are more concerned about making a living than they are about worshiping God.  Too many are concerned about what they are going to eat or wear, or about the kind of house or car they will have.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Hannah realized that raising children to obey the Lord is the greatest work in the world.  She was true to her vow that Samuel would be dedicated to the Lord all the days of his life.  All too often, people find themselves in a certain mood and in a particular circumstance where they make a vow to the Lord that they will do certain things, if He will help them.  Sadly, when the mood or the circumstance changes, these same people quickly forget the vow they made to God.  They don’t fulfill their part of the bargain.

    God warns us that when we make a vow to Him, we are required to keep it.  We read in Ecclesiastes 5:4-5, “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools.  Pay what you have vowed.  Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.”  God is always faithful in fulfilling His promises to us, and He expects us to be just as faithful to our commitments.  Hannah set a good example in this.

Hannah was a thankful woman. Her beautiful prayer, showing her appreciation for what God had done for her, is recorded in the first several verses of I Samuel 2.  We are told in I Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  When God supplies our needs, we should be thankful.

Those of us who have been blessed with God-fearing mothers who sought to lead us in the paths of righteousness should be abundantly thankful.  They taught us the importance of knowing and obeying God’s word.  Nothing in all of life is more important than that!  Thank God for godly mothers!   I wish all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!

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