Mothers Must Be Wise
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
– Proverbs 1:8-9
The book of Proverbs was largely written by Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba. And, although Solomon was the author, it can be assumed that Bathsheba was instrumental in Solomon’s life and, therefore, the wisdom recorded in this book. Solomon points out the wisdom of a mother later on in verse 6:20, too: “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.”
“Honor your father and your mother” reads the 5th commandment. It is a commandment with a promise, “that your days may be long in the land.” Mothers are not second-tier in wisdom, nor are they second-tier in commanding honor and submission from their children. Eve was, after all, the “mother of all the living.” Motherhood was established, in the beginning, as essential to the life of all men, whether male or female.
And motherly wisdom has been, since then, essential to “train up a child in the way he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6) Since a mother is essential in the training up of children in the faith and discipline of the Lord, her days ought to be filled with attaining God’s wisdom herself. She cannot pass on what she does not possess. Therefore, the Christian woman should not be content with a small knowledge of God but should give herself fully to know Him.