We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Faithful Mother

“But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”

In the 2nd chapter of Exodus, we learn how the mother of Moses took extraordinary risks to protect her infant son. No matter what she did, the boy had little chance of survival. Can we even imagine the courage she must have had to carry out such an act?

This Old Testament account illustrates how a mother’s faith and actions can be the most powerful and redeeming influences upon a child’s life. Obviously fathers have an impact as well. But not enough can be said about the role of a godly mom.

The Apostle Paul shared this perspective in 1st Timothy 2:15 when he said,

“Women will be saved through childbearing –if they continue in faith, love and holiness with self control.”

In other words, mothers who have a redemptive influence upon their children also have a redemptive influence upon the culture and the world. As the result of one mother’s courageous faith, her son was able to bring redemption to his own family and an entire nation.

A mother’s faith and influence are part of the miraculous redemptive process used by God. Though sin entered the world through a woman, it can be overcome through the faith of a mother. Although Jesus Christ is our ultimate salvation, a mother’s faith and influence upon her children may be the instrument God uses to deliver a nation.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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