Summary: Do you want to be truly wise? Then be worthy like a mom. Work hard like a mom. Live well like a mom, and find honor like a mom. To put it simply: Trust and obey your mother’s God.
Some time ago, Peg Beukema of Nyack, New York, collected the responses of several elementary school children to some questions about moms. I got a kick out of reading them this last week, and I thought you’d enjoy them too, especially on this Mother’s Day.
Why did God make mothers? She's the only one who knows where the Scotch tape is. Mostly to clean the house. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers? He used dirt, just like for the rest of us. Magic, plus superpowers and a lot of stirring. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of? God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world... and one dab of mean. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom? We're related. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me. (www.PreachingToday.com)
Moms are great! In fact, when God wanted to give us a picture of what real wisdom looks like, He chose the portrait of a mom. The book of Proverbs is jammed packed with wise advice. It has hundreds of short, pithy sayings that tell us what a wise person does to make his life go a whole lot smoother. In fact, there is so much advice that we can get lost in the details. So at the end of the book of Proverbs, God brings it all together into a single portrait to help us see the nature of true wisdom.
If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Proverbs 31, Proverbs 31, where we see wisdom personified in a mom and learn what all of us must do to be truly wise.
Proverbs 31:10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. (ESV)
If we want to be truly wise, then we must…
BE WORTHY LIKE A MOM.
We must live lives of value. In other words, we must live in such a way that we’re assests to our relationships, not liabilities. We must find ways to give to those around us, not take from them.
A mom is “far more precious than jewels,” because she is “an excellent wife”, verse 10 says; literally, she is a “woman of strength.” She has strength of character that takes her and her family through the hard times.
It’s the same word used of Ruth in Ruth 3:11. There when Ruth proposes marriage to Boaz, Boaz responds by calling her a “worthy woman” – i.e., a woman of strength. This was the same Ruth who earlier determined to follow Naomi's God even if it meant leaving her country and her people and remaining single and poor the rest of her life. She had the strength of character to trust the Lord and take care of her mother-in-law even at great personal sacrifice.
That’s a picture of real wisdom. Wise people are morally tough like a mom, so much so that they are assets to the people around them.
More than that, they are trustworthy teammates in a relationship; and they can be counted on to help, not hurt those relationships.