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The Christian Family…Mothers Who Comfort
Pastor John C. Berg
But if anyone does not provide for his own family, and especially for his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
This is your daily devotion for May 8th. You probably won’t have to think too hard about who I’m going to talk about today during this series on the Christian family. We’re a couple days from Mother’s Day. Mothers are a great comfort to us. For many of us the first person think when it comes to being comforted is our mother.
There’s an analogy I use to help people understand what it means to believe in God. When I teach about baptism, unfortunately we have to discuss this idea among some Christians that babies can’t really believe in God, at least not in the way that adults do because coming to faith is a decision you make. You must choose Christ. A baby can’t do that, they say. The analogy I use is this: a baby can’t tell you who his mother is or how he feels about her. But if a baby is upset and no one can comfort him, who is the one person most likely to be able to? Mom. And the baby can’t say “I trust my mother. I know she loves me. And yet he does. Clearly babies trust their mothers and are comforted by them. That’s such universal truth that the prophet Isaiah uses that to help us understand how God loves and comforts us. Isaiah 66:13 But if anyone does not provide for his own family, and especially for his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
One of the great blessings we have is our mothers. They comforted us in our youth and they still comfort us. Unfortunately, many of us will not be able to actually spend this Mother’s Day with our mothers as we are used to. But there are still many ways that you can reach out to your mom and give her some comfort. She’s quite likely worried about you and her grandchildren. Let her know that you’re thinking of her and love her. Give her the comfort of God’s Word that even though she can’t be there for all her children and grandchildren God is taking care of us and comforting us.
We pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for blessing us with mothers who comfort us and care for us, who taught us to know you. Please keep our mother’s safe and bless them on this Mother’s Day. Amen.