What Mothers Know

We can all say our mother is the greatest.  A woman’s work truly is never done. What a mother knows is what I want to look at today.

II Kings 4:18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19 And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20 And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 23 And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 24 Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25 So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel.

This father made the decision to have his son sent to his mother.  It sounds like he might be shaking off his responsibility. Lots of times men say to the kids “go ask your mom.”  Sometimes moms tell them to “go ask you dad.” It all works together. A home by definition is a joint love and a bond between husband and wife and them with their children and the children with them.  Now days it is so perverted. Christians get the blame for a lot; however, conditions must be blamed on the conditions of the world today and they go back to a time when parenting, marriage and the home were re-defined.  There is no home where two men or two women try to parent. That’s not God’s intention. In this story the man and woman worked together.

Earlier this woman saw a need to build a room on their house for the man of God.  She told her husband. He built it. They worked together. If you don’t have room for God you need to “build room” for him in your life whatever sacrifice it takes.  Because of this woman’s response to his need the prophet Elisha sent word that God wanted to bless her because she had been a blessing to him. When asked what she wanted she said that she had not been blessed with a child.  Elisha sent word that she would embrace a child. It happened. She had a son. A few years passed. One day the boy was out in the field with his father as he worked. He got too hot and had a heat stroke. He yelled “my head, my head.”  His father didn’t know what to do so he called for a servant to take him to his mother. He knew that she would know what to do.

All the people loved this boy.  When sick, the father really didn’t know what to do.  The recommendation was to take him to his mother. I’ve experienced the love of my mom many times.  She knew what to do. There needs to be stability emotionally and spiritually in the home. You may have the latest and greatest of technology.  You may have the best job around. What good is it all if you don’t have a home to come to? It’s important to have a strong family bond where love of each other is present with a desire to please God.  No matter how hard things get, you know you can face it together. A home is supposed to be a person’s castle. Anymore mom isn’t there. Dad is gone. Children are abused and neglected. It we get a home the way it’s supposed to be children wouldn’t live in fear.  It’s not Republican or Democrat, Hollywood or the latest fashion. Nothing matters without a home to go to. Is it time to come back to God and get your house on the Rock.

The man recommended the boy be taken to his mother.  He knew she’d be calm. He knew she’d have faith. He didn’t know what to do for the boy but the mother did.  The men prayed in the field as the mother prayed at home. Prayer is needed. I remember hearing my mother pray many times for me.  It’s never too late. You can come to God today. If Jesus can still the seas of Galilee just think what he can make possible for you.

Children, trust your mother.  Mother, be worthy of that trust.  Let’s be more trusting of each other.  They all knew this woman would know what to do.  She called for a donkey to be made ready and for it to hit the road in high gear.  She went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. We know the rest of the story. By sundown her dead son was in her arms again.  It’s time for us to bring ourselves to the Lord as this woman did. God can do great things.

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