One cannot think of a greater position in life than that of a mother — only one greater: that is a godly mother with godly children. The power to become a mother, given by Jehovah, is, I think, the greatest privilege in life. Nothing will do more to affect society than to take woman from the holy pedestal upon which God placed her and put her in the commercial world, carving a niche for herself. A married woman who works outside her home must remember her first duty is to be a godly wife or godly mother. We reap what we sow: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7).
To disregard the Bible is to substitute human wisdom. Thus doing, we must pay for the mistakes of man.
It has been said, “Rome conquered Greece militarily; but the Greece conquered Rome through her philosophy.” There are many values more powerful than guns and weapons. Revelation 11:15 says “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” The Gospel, planted into the hearts of people, will change them into the image of the Christ.
In no lives had the Gospel’s power been so demonstrated than in great women. No deeper poverty comes to a people than for womankind to abandon her God-given role!
A world without a Jochebed would have been a world without a Moses. Zachariah and Elizabeth “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6).
Of John we read: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matthew 11:11). What a statement from Christ! And what a tribute to the influence of righteousness! Yet, “…he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” It is better to rear children to become great Christians, than to have them reach great heights in world acclaim and not be Christians.
“Just a housewife”? No! A mother of Zion; a homemaker; a “keeper at home”. “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:5). God’s noblest gift to society. “Wife and mother, the easy way out”? Rather, wife and mother, the greatest power for good!
One great woman, at the death of her second husband (both of whom were prominently known), said to her daughter and me, “What a privilege to have been loved by two great men.” “Her husband is known in the gates” (Proverbs 31:23). This woman said that of her husbands.
Her children also, shall “arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her” (Proverbs 31:28). Of a wife it is said, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD” (Proverbs 18:22). Also, “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully” (1 Timothy 5:14).
A double emphasis! Her role is still blessed. Let her love her position in life. Let her honour God, bless the world by her marriage, and give this world another generation who will “rise up and call her blessed.” For “strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25).
The Christian Sentinel
“In the heart of a bulb
is a promise of spring;
In the little blue egg
is a bird that will sing;
In the soul of the seed
is the hope of the sod;
In the soul of a child
is the kingdom of God.”