12/30/13: Advice from Mom
Proverbs chapter 31 contains advice that King Lemuel’s mother taught him. King Lemuel is another name for King Solomon, so this advice is coming from Bathsheba, his mom. She should know a little bit about the ways of women, problems that can be caused by alcohol consumption, and the benefits of using wisdom. When it comes to the ways of women, suspicions swirl regarding the possible provocative part she herself played in her tryst with King David. She also saw how David used alcohol to try to get Uriah (her then-husband) to sleep with his wife to cover up the fact that he had gotten her pregnant. Furthermore, Bathsheba had a hand in raising her son Solomon, and had watched as he grew to become the wisest man who ever lived. So, on women, alcohol, and wisdom, Bathsheba has earned our ear to hear her advice. She tells us, and her son, the following:
On women: Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
On alcohol: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink; lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
On wisdom: Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:3-5, 7-9 (NKJ).
Bathsheba has even more advice for her son about women in the rest of Proverbs chapter 31. From verses 10-31, she tells him all about how to spot a virtuous woman, and the high value of finding one. Read that entire passage to discover the distinguishing features of a woman who is Godly “wife material.”
Like Bathsheba, I am ready to give advice to my sons. When one of them recently asked me what he should look for in a wife, I gave him the following reply:
In addition to keeping your ears open to God’s direction, marry a woman because:
- She will make you a better man
- You cannot imagine life without her
- You can see her as the mother of your children
- She loves you, but she loves God more
- You can envision growing old with her
- You will give and live your life for her
- You want to protect her
- You see her as your queen
- You can see the love she has for you in her eyes and smile
- You can trust her
One of God’s best ideas was giving us mothers. Let’s listen to their sage, godly advice and govern ourselves accordingly.
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