The Sovereign God of Mothers
May 12, 2013
TAG: As a woman you can trust the sovereign hand as you journey through motherhood.
Mary was a very young girl when the angel Gabriel brought her news that she would be the very mother of God. With the God/man in her womb Mary began to ponder that question that every mother wonders, "WilI a good mother?” Today our sanctuary is filled with women of all types. Some have many children, some hope one day to have a child, others have lost one or more children and still others have experienced the emotional pain of miscarriage and abortion. In any and all of these situations you need to know that God is the sovereign Lord of mothers.
To the women who want to be a mother but as of yet are not I say you can trust in God. Do not put your hope in that one day you will conceive and give birth to a child. Rather put your hope in Jesus who is Lord of motherhood. He knows what you do not know. Trust Him to carry you through life and as you trust Him for your todays He will either give you a child to raise or He will not. If He does, to God be the glory. If He does not to God be the glory. Remember this is His world and you are His faithful servant. He loves you and knows what is best for you and any future child.
To the mothers who have lost a child or experienced the pain of a miscarriage, I do not pretend to understand the depth of your pain but I do know who does and His name is Jesus. God knows the number of each of our days and not a single one of us can exceed that number or cut it short. Job said, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Find rest in knowing that the sovereign Lord of the universe understands your pain. Not only does He understand it He can soothe your ache. Trust Him and cry out to Him and He will draw near to you.
To the mothers who have aborted their children, God knows the emotional pain that you feel. He longs to heal your broken heart. As Jesus, God has demonstrated His ability to forgive. Jesus forgave the Jews, the soldiers and the Romans for crucifying Him. And Jesus has forgiven all those who seek to be forgiven. It is God’s nature to forgive our sin and remove us from the guilt thereof. Ask for forgiveness and God will forgive. If you have asked, God has forgiven.
To the mothers who are actively involved in your children’s lives I want to say, being a good mother is not always doing things right. You are going to make mistakes. These mistakes don't make you a bad mother they just prove that you are human. Being a good mother is being who Jesus wants you to be and trusting the sovereign control of God. Our text today said Mary treasured all these things in her heart. That means she often thought things like, "Should I have done this? Can I do a good job as a mother? How will I be able to take care of my little one?"
As you ponder these questions here are three things to consider. A good mother knows her place in life. She knows that she is a servant of God. This means she is to do His will in all situations. Second she needs to relinquish control of her children to God who is the Almighty and third she needs to know and believe that God loves her children even more than she does.
A brief look at some mothers in scripture helps us see this. Jochebed was the mother of Moses. In order to save her son’s life she had to place him in a basket and put him into the Nile River. By God’s sovereign power He demonstrated His love by having Moses float into the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter where she would raise him as her own. She got a slave to serve as his nanny and that slave was Jochebed, Moses’ natural mother.
A second example is that of Hannah, mother of Samuel. She cried out to God for a child then when he was weaned she turned him over to Eli. Because of God's sovereign hand Samuel grew up to be a mighty prophet of God.
Finally there is Mary, mother of Jesus. Mary had to let Jesus fulfill His destiny but before that could happen Mary had to give Jesus back to God. Because she did God demonstrated His love for you and me by allowing Jesus to die on a cross. But by God’s sovereign power He raised Jesus from the grave.
Mothers, you can trust God! And if you will walk daily in the Spirit and be a faithful servant of God, He will make you the best mother your child could have. God loves you and He cares for you. You are special and no one but you can be you and no one but you can accomplish in Christ what you can as a mother.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And as you walk daily in the Spirit God will guide your path as a mother along a journey that will lead your children to greener pastures.
To the children I say honor your mothers. The best way you can honor your mother is by becoming a servant of God.