Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 12th

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A Mother’s Love. The Bible recognizes a mother’s love as one of the most powerful kinds of love. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” Isaiah 49:15

A mom’s love is so powerful that God uses it as a metaphor for His love for us. Isaiah 66:13 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” God says he will comfort Israel the same way a mother comforts their child.

There are many mothers in the Bible that are worth admiring and learning from, but I really like these two passages that highlight how God sees moms:

John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. In this passage, Jesus asks one of his disciples to care for his mother after he is crucified. Jesus’ example of making sure his mother was cared for is a great one for all children.

Ruth 1:16-17 “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” Ruth’s love for her mother-in-law is a great example of caring for family members-including our in-laws.

This last passage reminds us that a mother’s lessons impact not only her own children, but others around her as well. Is there a woman you know who isn’t your mother, but still impacted you? “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  Titus 2:3-5

Where would we be without our mother’s love? Lord, bless our mothers with wisdom to teach and guide their children in a way that will help them to follow You and to become men and women who will be pleasing in Your sight.

Give all mothers the patience to deal with the difficulties of their job and, most of all, give them a special blessing as they care so lovingly for the gifts that You have allowed them the honor of raising. Amen.

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