“Life Comes With A Mother.”

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When it comes to learning wisdom, a model is better than a manual. Just like what someone wrote, “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” Thus it’s but fitting that when he compiled sayings for his book of Proverbs, King Solomon chose a virtuous woman to represent wisdom and an adulterous woman to represent foolishness. According to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The virtues of a noble wife [in 31:10-31] are those that are extolled throughout the Book of Proverbs: hard work, wise investments, good use of time, planning ahead, care for others, respect for one’s spouse, ability to share godly values with others, wise counsel, and godly fear (worship, trust, service, obedience). …these are qualities that lead to honor, praise, success, personal dignity and worth, and enjoyment of life. In the face of the adulteress’ temptations mentioned often in Proverbs, it is fitting that the book concludes by extolling a virtuous wife.”

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If we find such a woman, we should value her like a rare jewel (v. 10). She is an asset and not a liability to her husband since she brings out the best in him (vv. 11-12, 23). “Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.” (v. 11, The Message) She is a channel of blessing not only to her family but to others (vv. 20-21). Indeed, she works hard (vv. 13-19). “She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.” (v. 18, The Message). But still she takes care of her body and even her appearance (v. 22). Yet, her beauty is not merely skin deep but from the heart (vv. 25-26, 30).

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That’s why as we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us declare our mothers blessed (v.28a)! Let us tell our mothers, “‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (vv. 28b-30)

Brethren, let us thank God for mothers.


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