The ONE THING for today

The Proverbs 31 mother

  • Proverbs 31:1-2 (NKJV) The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?

As I read the proverbs of the day the expression, “son of my vows” captured my heart today. I think of Hannah and how she dedicated Samuel to God or Joseph and Mary and how they dedicated Jesus at the Temple.

I also think of my own mother. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother reminding me of her vow concerning me. She’d say, “Son, before you were even born I dedicated you to the Lord. I asked God to not let you even be born alive if you were not going to serve Him.” Talk about making an impression on a child!  And more importantly, as a teenager and young man.

Proverbs 31 is famous for coining the phrase “Proverbs 31 wife”; but don’t forget the Proverbs 31 mother who made vows concerning her son and used those vows as leverage to direct her him in the right direction.

Perhaps you are one of the many parents who presented your children to God and made a vow of dedication. Remember, that was more than asking for God’s favor and protection over your child, that was also a moment in which you were presenting yourself to God also—making vows that you promised to keep.

Or perhaps you’re one of those children that were on the receiving end of those vows. Chances are you do not remember them—but those vows still stand.

Whether parent or child let’s leverage those vows to the max today.

Remember, long before there was a Proverbs 31 wife, there was a Proverbs 31 mother who shaped the future by making and keeping vows of honor.

The Proverbs 31 wife is known for her untiring labor and care for her family. Because of her they prospered materially and that is worthy of praise and honor (Proverbs 31:28-29). But for the material blessings to matter the spiritual values required to handle those blessings must be instilled into us; the best time for that to occur is early in life and that is where Proverbs 31 mothers (and fathers) come in.

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