28 Dec 2018
The Cry of a Mother’s Heart
Proverbs 31 is one of the few holy writings prompted by a woman, and should therefore be read attentively as the unique, heartfelt mother-to-son letter it is.
The culture of this time placed a huge amount of importance on a woman’s ability to bear a child, not to mention a king and apparent heir. Lemuel’s mother recognised that she shared joint responsibility for Lemuel with God.
Proverbs 31:2 says:
“What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.”
Lemuel, the son of Solomon, was clearly heading toward the same path of drunkenness and womanising, and this brought his mother much pain. She pleads with her son, whose name means “devoted to God”.
She had made vows to God, and had spent many years nurturing him, so she was understandably pained at the notion of his falling into sin. In Proverbs 2:3-5, Lemuel’s mother explains the special responsibility that kingship requires. He must be of sound mind, hold to God’s decrees and protect the afflicted.
You may not be an earthly king, but God’s grace – poured out through the blood of Jesus – names you as a joint son and heir of the heavenly King. Therefore, the profound words written to Lemuel are for those dedicated to God through baptism, and we can come into agreement with them.
Do not fall prey to the lusts of your flesh. The Spirit that dwells within enables us to be of sound mind. You have been made new and have a responsibility to nurture the new nature. You are His representative on earth!
Pause and reflect: “Father God, thank You for these wise words from a mother. We ask that Your Spirit would reign in our hearts and minds. Amen.”