Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him. Genesis 2:18 AMP
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh. 22 And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 23 Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man. 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other’s presence. Genesis 2:21-25 AMP
God’s plan for man was never for him to be alone. So he created woman, from his side, and made them come together as one.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28 NKJV
That particular union, which can only naturally take place between a male and a female, produces life. So God instituted the family as the first institution.
And did not God make [you and your wife] one [flesh]? Did not One make you and preserve your spirit alive? And why [did God make you two] one? Because He sought a godly offspring [from your union]. Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one deal treacherously and be faithless to the wife of his youth. Malachi 2:15 AMP
The family consists first of a father and a mother. God instituted the covenant of marriage to produce godly offspring. Parents’ responsibilities are not just to make babies out and leave them for others to raise; but rather to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In the 21st century that we live in, the family structure has been broken down and destroyed through sin and selfishness; through divorce, infidelity, abortion, same-sex marriage, etc. The breakup of the family has been championed by Hollywood through film, television, sitcoms, soap operas, and the lifestyles of the Hollywood stars, thus destroying the institution God created. The only way back, is through the pages of God’s Holy Word: the father as the head of the home; the mother, the helpmeet – together raising their children.
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10 NKJV
Since this is Mother’s Day, we want to acknowledge our mothers and all they do for us. We can’t even imagine what it would be like without our mothers. God specially anointed mothers to give that tender loving care and nurturing that is so important for their children’s physical and emotional health. The love of a mother for her child transcends everything, because she not only conceived, but carried that child in her womb for nine months, went through major alterations in her physique in preparation for the arrival of this new life and then after the ultimate experience of giving birth, she is the one to hold and nurse the baby at her breast. The bond between the mother and her baby is one of the strongest and deepest bonds that there is in human relationships.
She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. 15 She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.
Proverbs 31:13-15 NKJV
She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. 18 She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. Proverbs 31:17-18 NKJV
Many woman, today, work outside the home whether by choice or necessity; however, the greatest role a woman can fulfill is that of a Wife and Mother, just as the greatest role a man can fulfill, over and above all else that he does, is that of a Husband and Father. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a mother – the ability to selflessly care for, nurture, educate, and raise her young ones, even as she works, cooks, cleans, and creates. While most people work 9 to 5, a mother’s work is never done. She is up late in preparation for the day ahead and she’s up early with a head start on the day.
Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:25-27 NKJV
On this Mother’s Day, we salute and acknowledge all mothers who unselfishly and sacrificially have given of themselves to their family. You are loved and appreciated.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:28-31 NKJV
A Prayer for mothers:
Father, in Jesus’ name, we pray a special blessing on mothers today. Pour on them the oil of joy from heaven. Strengthen them and flood their hearts with your love.