When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine" (John 2:3).
Jesus honored His mom though He had the power and prerogative to delay her request. She saw His newly recruited disciples and realized her little boy was now a man of God. She reflected on her Holy Spirit conception and the joy of bringing her son and Savior into the world. So, she asked her Lord for a miracle for the sake of someone else. He honored her by allowing the wedding celebration to continue without the disruption of running out of refreshments. Love is honorable.
Our moms are needy and they need us. They cared for our needs for many years. As an infant, they fed us, comforted us, and woke up in the middle of the night to calm our cries. As a child, they taught us, disciplined us and laughed at and with us. As a teenager, if they prayed, they prayed even more for our protection from ourselves. As an adult, they want us to pray for them, keep up with them and honor them. Mothers filled with God remind us of His unselfish love.
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13).
Has your mother made a direct or indirect request of you? Has she implied a need, but not come right out and verbalized it? Perhaps the Lord is calling you to honor her by helping her, or by helping someone she is concerned about. Some moms have the admirable quality of always looking out for others, even if it requires giving up something themselves. When your mom senses your undivided attention and authentic concern, she’ll open up about her cares. Honor listens.
If your wife is a mom, how can you support her dreams and desires? How can you better partner with her in parenting? It honors your wife when you pray with her for your children. It honors her when you listen to her fears and support her in her stress. Being a mom is oh so fulfilling, but it is hard. You honor her by being with her to laugh and cry over the children. You honor her when you offer emotional support. Yes, you honor your mom most, when you live honorably before God.
“May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful” (Proverbs 23:25)!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, show me how to better honor my mom and the mother of our children.
Related Readings: Deuteronomy 5:16; Psalm 35:14; Mathew 12:46; John 19:26-27
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