Mother’s day, is not a church festival day. It is not exclusively a day observed by Christians. In the world it is a day that seems contradictory. Why? Because it contradicts the feminist agenda which belittles marriage as well as motherhood. In Bible times, being a wife and being a mother was held in highest honor. To many today, being a wife in the pattern that Scripture teaches (Ephesians 5) is rejected by both men and women; motherhood is loed upon as an inconvenience in some cases, and a time of life that hopefully passes quickly so that one can get on with life. What a shame!
The Lord God instituted marriage for the benefit and blessing of man and woman. Living within marriage is an opportunity for husband and wife together to “give thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Submitting yourselves unto one another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:20,21). Within the framework of marriage, God has established an order – and it works – where the wife recognizes her husband as the head in Christ, and the husband loves his wife as Christ loved the church. To the furtherance and well being of this relationship Scripture says, “Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence (respect) her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).
On this day, husband, thank the Lord for your Christian wife, and if you mean it you will do so on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! Give her a card. Buy her flowers. Take her to dinner. But do not let your thankfulness to God, and your love for her wane with the setting sun.
Scripture leaves us the example of God-fearing mothers – Sarah, Rebecca. Hannah, Elizabeth, Mary. Mothers faithful to the Lord who lo after their child’s foremost needs are the greatest of blessings to children. Paul commended Lois (grandmother) and Eunice (mother) who gave time and care to Timothy to see to it that he was made wise unto salvation. How can children show their love for mother? First, by thanking the Lord for her. Such children will also appreciate the fact that a mother after the heart of God desires only the best for her child, even if that best is discipline that gives the child understanding and direction in life. A nurturing mother who gives of self for the welfare of her family has a good conscience before God, and is well spoken of by her children. “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised ” (Proverbs 31:30). Parenting is not an easy task; parents are not perfect. Yet, they who live in faith in Jesus and call upon Him, will find peace of heart in knowing that God who gives children, and to Whom they are precious, will give wisdom and strength to raise His children. On this day we thank Him, and express our thanks to wife and mother whose “price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31 10).