Lessons from an Ideal Mother
Pastor and I are teaching a college class together entitled, The Home, and we are enjoying it very much. I cannot begin to tell you just how needful I believe this class is. We live in a day when the positions of wife, husband, and parent are under attack. The election is at hand, and we could have a new president by the time you read this article. Many of the propositions on this year’s ballot are against family values as we know them. I trust that you voted—and that your vote was based on Biblical values. If not, you have no right to complain about who our president is.
Bro. Trieber and I have never taken our role as parents lightly. I would venture to say that one of the reasons is because we were married for a few years before the Lord gave us our first child, Tiffany. I remember attending baby showers while thinking, “Is this ever going to happen to me?” I prayed every day that God would give us a baby; and in His time, not mine, He did. My own experience is why the story of Hannah in the Book of I Samuel is one of my favorite Bible stories. Hannah prayed fervently for a child. To me, Hannah is the woman who personifies the ideal mother in the Old Testament. Hannah was the mother of Samuel, the earliest of the great Hebrew prophets after Moses and the last of the judges. Samuel was the “worthy son of a worthy mother.” Before she had Samuel, Hannah left her home in Ramah each year to go to the temple at Shiloh where her most ardent prayer was for a child. God answered her prayer and gave her Samuel. I claimed I Samuel 1:27 while I was expecting Tiffany: “For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him.” I also learned the following from studying the life of Hannah, and I would like to share it with you.
1. Hannah’s Prayer
- a. She prayed with fervency.
Hannah prayed again and again. When she undoubtedly felt like quitting, she prayed again.
- b. She was a woman who prayed in the good times and in the bad.
All of us have undoubtedly gone through experiences that have caused us devastating pain. Hannah’s pain was because she didn’t have a child. Keep in mind that no life is filled with so much pain that the God of all comfort cannot reach down with a healing touch. He did for Hannah, and her touch was a little baby boy she could hold in her arms!
- c. Hannah walked close to the Lord.
It isn’t enough to walk close to the Lord when times are good; we must walk even closer when times are bad.
- a. She received a man child from God.
I received my first child, Tiffany; three years later, Tim was born; and 13 months after the birth of Tim, the Lord blessed us with Tabitha! (I then prayed that He would stop!!)
- b. Because Hannah walked in God’s will, she was in a place of safety.
Walking in the will of God brings safety to me as well as to my children. I would rather have my children on the mission field in God’s will than here in Santa Clara, California, out of God’s will. (It has been brought to our attention that all of our children are close by. That is GOD’S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes; but, if God led thli elsewhere, that is fine with us as well).
- c. Hannah stayed connected to the one who planned her destiny.
If we do not stay connected, we can sell out in one moment of weakness.
- a. She praised the Lord for answered prayer!
Don’t quit praying! You might be closer to the answer than you think.
- b. She was able to praise the Lord because she gave Samuel back to God.
Samuel was able to serve in the temple.
- c. Having children turn out for the Lord brings praise; but, at the same time, I realize having children who live for God is all because of His grace.
2. Hannah’s Provision
3. Hannah’s Praise
I praise the Lord for the husband, children, sons-in-law and grandchildren that He has given me, but please don’t think having a family that serves the Lord came to pass without fervency in prayer!
I do not know what your need is. However, I heard our missionary, Bro. Tommy Ashcraft, pray this prayer once; and I have used it time and time again: “If you need correction, I pray you will receive it. If you need comfort, I pray that God will be the God of all comfort to you. If you need changing, I pray that God will change you.”
That is my prayer for you today! Is anything too hard for the Lord? You do not have one problem that is beyond His power to solve! Ask Him today.
Until next month,