09(1Sam 01,02-02) How to be a Godly Mother
Look with me in the OT to 1 Samuel. I want to share with you the profile of a godly mother.
We cannot exhaust all that is here, but we want to highlight some things that can be a guide or checklist for you by looking at the life of this remarkable woman and mother. If you want to know how to be a godly mother this morning, we perhaps have no better example to observe than Hannah.
The bible’s message on motherhood is certainly drowned out by society today. What many young mothers and young fathers are left with is a confusing message of self-centeredness mixed with guilt.
I don’t want to give the mothers today either a message on how to be more selfish, nor how to have more guilt. Rather, let’s talk about how to be a godly mom.
(1 Samuel 2:1-2)
That’s the best way to introduce you to Hannah. Her prayer and praise lets you know she was a special lady who knew her God.
Now let’s back up to chapter 1 and meet her family:
(1 Samuel 1:1-2)
Strange family: two wives, Peninnah and Hannah. Peninnah had children, Hannah did not.
Elkanah was a Levite, so he was at least in the priestly family.
We want to focus on Hannah, who demonstrates three qualities necessary for a godly mother:
I. She had a right Husband relationship.
A. She shared with him in worship. (1:3)
1. She had a believing, worshiping husband.
2. He went up each year (Exodus 23 indicates 3 times yearly).
3. Godly fathers make for godly mothers! A worshiping father makes a better worshiper out of his wife.
4. When Elkanah went up to worship, so did Hannah (1:7)
5. In other words, they had a common bond of worship.
6. Some of you have a difficult task: you have an unbelieving spouse at home.
But if so, you also have a special ministry – did you know that?
1 Cor. 7:13-14 And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.
7. Now he wasn’t a perfect man, was he? He had his faults, didn’t he? Name one?
Polygamist. Serious sin, but culturally accepted and common.
8. You will not find your partner to be perfect – but that should not keep you from worshipping the Lord together in your imperfections.
9. Don’t expect perfection. Where you find the love and worship of the lord, treasure that. That is rare enough.
B. She shared with him in love. (1:4)
1. A double portion. He honored her in his gift. Why? “He loved Hannah.”
2. Marriage is not just physical: it is emotional and spiritual.
3. Elkanah loved her in a special way and his love was her security.
II. She had a right Heavenly relationship (1:9).
She had a problem, the other woman was able to give children. When she had a problem, did she lash out at the others? No, she went to the Lord with her problem. And she wept bitterly before the Lord. (10)
A. She had a passion for God’s best.
1. What was/is God’s best? Children. (11)
2. She wanted a child because she believed that was God’s greatest gift.
Psalms 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
3. Listen carefully: children are not a mistake, no matter the circumstance of their conception: they are a gift of God.
4. A truly godly mother is not a reluctant mother. She has a passion for her children, sees them as a gift from God, and as a divine fulfillment.
B. She was a woman of prayer (12).
1. She wasn’t just doing her duty in prayer.
2. Her lips were moving: she was impassioned, in conversation with her God.
3. Why did she pray? Because she knew Elkanah wasn’t the source of her children, God was.
4. How we need mothers who pray for their children.
C. She was a woman of purpose (11).
1. Her heavenly relationship meant she knew God had a plan for every child.
2. She vowed to give her son to God. That was her greatest desire.
3. How about you? Is your greatest desire to give your children to God?
D. She was a woman of praise (chapter 2).
1. What was the result?
2. God answered her prayer. She gave birth to Samuel: heard of God.
3. What was the response? In chapter 2, she is filled with praise.
4. Do we praise God when we hear that someone is expecting a child?
III. She had a right Home relationship (21).
A. She was dedicated to the child.
1. She set aside her schedule to focus on her child.
B. She dedicated the child to the Lord.
1. She was obedient to God.
2. She had the integrity to honor her vow before the Lord.
C. She cared for that child the rest of his life.
That wasn’t the end of the story. The Lord never takes without giving. (2:21)