By Susan Grant
Bethel Next Step Coordinator
A Chattanooga native, Susan has a Master of Social Work degree and is licensed in TN and in GA. She recently retired after 25 years as a foster care worker and court liaison for Hamilton County with the TN Dept. of Children’s Services. She also has experience in education and behavioral health. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and a Bible study leader in her church.
In the Bible, Proverbs 31 details the qualities that define the wife of noble character, whose children “arise and call her blessed.” Read the list of her achievements and she sounds like Super Mom on steroids!
If you’re like me, you roll your eyes knowing you have not measured up to this and probably and realistically never will. The good news is, if you consider the majority of mothers mentioned in the Bible, you will see a very different picture.
The Women God Chose
Think of the women God used in the Bible. Like Eve, who gave up the garden for forbidden fruit. Ruth, who renamed herself “bitter.” Or Rahab (my personal favorite) who had a scarlet past before she hid spies and helped save the people of Israel. There are many more like them.
What do they all have in common? None of them were perfect or what we look for as being “normal” in our culture. All of them faced challenges, temptations, and some really awful situations. This is the human condition that we all face.
Yet each of these women were used by God to accomplish his purpose because they depended on God for reaching the best outcomes in the job God called them to do.
God Sees Beyond Our Failures
We can take heart that none of them had perfect families or lives. Not all of them even responded in the most spiritual manner. Sarah, for example, laughed when told she would have a son in her old age. That was not exactly the response that God had in mind. But as the scriptures tell us, God sees our hearts and because of that, he sees beyond our failures and circumstances.
These women came from different cultures and different races and different walks of life. God has proven over time that these things do not matter to him as we are used for his glory and plan.
The Command To Honor Mom
Exodus 20:12 tells us “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” He never says “if they deserve it,” “if they have not sinned” (which we all have), or if they were the perfect example of motherhood.
This Mother’s Day, we honor you, mothers, as commanded by our Lord.
Be encouraged that you have God’s blessing in your efforts in motherhood as this was ordained by Him. Do not listen when the enemy places guilt on you to make you feel unworthy to be honored. This is not the way God intended this to work.
Embrace your role and know that you are a daughter of God and he will equip, encourage and cheer you on in this God-given role of motherhood.
Happy Mother’s Day!