What power do mothers have on their children? Quite a bit more than we could imagine.
Proverbs 31 is an oracle of what King Solomon’s mother taught him as a young man. Solomon’s mother obviously took the time to teach him some important truths about life. Years later, when Solomon was king, he remembered what she said and included these tidbits of wisdom in the book of Proverbs for all to read.
Reading through Proverbs 31, the first thing Solomon’s mother did was challenge him to think about what he was doing in his life. She then went on to warn him of seductive women and the dangers that exist there. She instructed him about the use of alcohol. She then challenged him to stand up for people who could not stand up for themselves and to help the poor. Finally, she went into a great deal of detail about what to look for in a wife. She really gave him some well-rounded instruction!
I often find myself remembering things my own mother taught me as I was growing up. She always challenged me to question everything and make sure I was doing what God wanted me to do. She taught me the importance of asking “Why”. She shared our family history in a way that encouraged me to make wise choices. She challenged me to be myself no matter what anyone else thought of it. She encouraged an independence in me that allowed me to pursue my dreams. She showed me how to rely on God and not worry about what others thought. There is so much more I continue to learn from her even as an adult!
I love knowing that God reserved an entire chapter in Proverbs for instructions given by a mother to her son. This oracle along with the wisdom of my own mother gives me a model of some things I need to instruct my own sons about. Moms really can play a valuable role in the lives of their children, and we should never underestimate the importance of imparting wisdom to those that God has entrusted in our care!