A Woman of Negative Influence

We read in Second Chronicles about two women who exerted negative influence upon several of the kings of Judah. Second Chronicles 21:6 tells us that Jehoram “… walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of Ahab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD” (NKJ). After Jehoram died, his youngest son, Ahaziah took his place and Second Chronicles 2 – 3 lets us know that he “was forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly” (NKJ).

These kings were grown men, yet they were still mightily influenced by women – one by his wife, the other by his mother. In these cases, these men in leadership positions were led in the total wrong direction and their actions destroyed both their positions and their lives.

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.” One of America’s most revered presidents, Abraham Lincoln, remarked, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” Author Ralph Waldo Emerson believed, “A man’s wife has more power over him than the state has.” And British politician Harold Macmillan understood and declared, “No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.”

No one is downplaying the importance of men; we just happen to be focusing on the importance of women today. So women, be aware of the mighty influence we can wield over the lives of our husbands and our children. Determine to be a catalyst for God and for good in their lives. Single men, be aware today of the tremendous importance of sensibly choosing a wise wife and of wisely sorting through your mother’s advice. Married men, attend to the wisdom of your wife, the sage advice of your mother, and your reliance on God to know when what they are saying is right or wrong.


©2010 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com.

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~ by sanewriter on July 14, 2010.

One Response to “A Woman of Negative Influence”

  1. Yes, my friend. Saying, “I’m sorry,” is otherwise known as confession of our sin. When we agree with God about our sin, we are confessing it to Him. He forgives us and it’s then our continued responsibility to turn from that sin and live no longer in it.

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