A Mother’s Spiritual Insight

Proverbs 31:26-33(NIV)
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

I used to get so frustrated at my mother. I guess I was a lot like many other teenage boys; I just wanted to live my life and not be bothered by my parents.

Sometimes I’d just get into a fit of frustration when I was feeling like things just weren’t going my way. I’d let my heart get filled with the things of the world and neglect my relationship with God and I’d end up just plain mad at the world. It almost always showed in my demeanor and in my interactions with others. With one question my wise mother would cut right through the edge of my anger and hit the nail on the head, “You haven’t been spending time in the Word have you?” And then she’d turn and leave me with my simmering stew of dissatisfaction. She was usually right and I knew it and eventually I would come to see that I was looking to the world for fulfillment instead of looking to Jesus.

I’m amazed as I look back at the depth of insight she had about my internal struggles. Though I wasn’t glad at the time she had such cunning spiritual insight and wisdom, I am now and I see how God used her to give me spiritual direction and growth. Who has a better understanding of a child than his or her mother and who is better connected to God’s heart for a child than a mother?

James 1:5(NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.


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