2 Kings 4:8 And it fell on a day that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
Today is the day people around the world celebrate mothers. As mothers we are not only tasked with bringing our children into the world, but to also guide them and help them to become the best versions of themselves. I pause here to say, Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.
Being a mother myself, I can attest to the fact that motherhood is not easy. If you are one of those mothers who is celebrated by your children, give thanks. There are some who are not as fortunate. There are some mothers today whose children are unthankful and who have to also deal with criticism from others about their motherhood. If that is your story, remember God is your “great rewarder”. Whatever your life circumstances are today, I want to challenge you to not settle at being a good mother, but rather choose to become great.
While there were several great women in the Bible, the Shunammite woman of 2 Kings 4:8 was the only woman that the scripture specifically referred to as a great woman. You have to then wonder what was so significant about this woman why the scripture marked her as great. T be She had uncommon wisdom. The most impressive show of that wisdom was recorded in 2 Kings 4:19-37, when she refused to allow the word “death” to come out of her mouth even though her son was dead. She understood that her reality was determined by what she chose to speak. That was extraordinary to say the least. But was not the only show of wisdom. While other women allowed Elisha to pass through their region unnoticed, she had the wisdom to honour the man of God by feeding him and adding a room to her house for him to stay. It was out of that decision, to honour the man of God that she finally gave birth to her child, something that she always wanted.
The Shunammite woman was not great by birth, she became great by choice. She did it by investing in increasing her wisdom
Life Application: . As you celebrate mother’s day today, make a choice to be greater than you are now. Do so by learning the principles and laws of God, in addition to investing 15 minutes to 30 minutes daily listening to or reading material produced by the most successful in your field. Your wisdom will grow and so will your greatness.
Prayer: Dear Lord, it is an awesome responsibility being a mother and many times we fail in our quest to grow our children. But I thank you for grace and wisdom. I pray for all mothers around the world and declare uncommon favour and grace upon them as we function in our role as mother. In Jesus name, amen.