A Mother's Day Message You'll Never Forget!
Today, God would have us go to the animal kingdom to get a picture of two different types of Mothers. One is very serious about her job, while the other is rather nonchalant. The two animals - mentioned for our study - are the she-bear and the ostrich. The question you must ask yourself as a Mother is - Which one of these animals do I resemble?
Throughout the Scriptures, we find the expression - "as a bear bereaved of her whelps."
2 Samuel 17:8 compared David and his mighty men to the she-bear - "For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field..."
In the presence of Absalom - David's rebellious son - Hushai argued against Ahithophel's counsel - which was usually the best and most often relied on. His deliberation included the idea that David and his men were "chafed in their minds" - angry, bitter, and exasperated over the entire ordeal - like a she-bear "robbed of her whelps in the field." As typical of this mother bear, David would fight with utmost fury to recover what was lost.
Proverbs 17:12 compares the passionate man - so driven by his lusts and desires - to this same mother bear - "Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly." Nothing in the woods could possibly match the brute ferocity or rage of the mother bear separated from her cubs. This is how the "fool" - driven by his passions - reacts to anyone who stands in the way of their gratification.
Proverbs 28:15 mentions the wicked ruler who oppresses the poor - "As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people." He is brutish, ferocious, and devouring as the mother bear in pursuit of food for her own.
Lastly, Hosea 13:8 gives us a picture of God, in His rage against His people who went to the heathen nation - the Assyrians - for help and protection, while totally disregarding Him - "I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps..." The image presented here is one of excessive ferocity. The Syrian bear - which is far more aggressive than the typical brown bear - is implied. This mother bear - or any she-bear for that matter - can be very cruel when "bereft of her whelps." In protecting her babies, she becomes reckless of her own life, turning fiercely on their potential injurers or destroyers.
What a Mother this she-bear is!
Don't ever try to get between her and her babies.
She will fight you to the death if you dare to "lay a finger" on one of them.
On the other hand, the Scriptures mention another Mother in the animal kingdom which is the total opposite of the she-bear. It is the ostrich, and her description can be found in Job 39:13-17 - "Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? Which leavest her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear; Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath He imparted to her understanding."
The ostrich is comparable to your typical worldly woman who is caught up with her looks - "or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?" She has the fine, beautiful, and exulting wings like a falcon or a hawk and knows it. Her desire is to "show off" her radiant beauty to all her admirers.
She may be fair, but she sure is unwise. The Arabs have a proverb which expresses this idea by saying - "foolish as an ostrich." The Scriptures explain the reason for her lack of wisdom - "Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath He imparted to her understanding."
What idea gives us the impression that she - among other animals - is so senseless?
This idea is brought out in her carelessness toward her young and lack of parental affection - which is very unusual when compared to the entire animal kingdom.
Imagine this! She "leavest her eggs in the earth..." Any normal bird builds a nest for her young in a safe place - out of harm's way. Not the ostrich! On the ground, she lays from 30-50 large eggs - which are five inches in diameter and weighing 15 lbs. each - "...And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them."
The Arabs call her an "impious bird" for she cares not for her own. After laying her eggs, she will oftentimes wander away from them - forgetting the place where she left them, unmindful of the danger to which she is exposing them. In her travels, if she finds the eggs of another ostrich, she will actually sit on them - totally neglecting her own. However, at the slightest noise of the approach of a hunter or stranger, she leaves the young in pursuit of her own safety.
She will leave her young - without any further care - to be hatched by the warmth of the sun - "...and warmeth them in dust..." The joy of hatching and raising her own - she leaves to another - the "sun" or a passing ostrich. Her lack of natural affection is exemplified by the words - "She is hardened against her young ones." Indeed, we can conclude after studying her various characteristics that "her labour is in vain without fear."
Now, let's bring this message down to where we live.
In our society today, do the Mothers generally resemble the she-bear or the ostrich?
Are they willing to "fight to the death" against all enemies that would harm their babies?
Or are they - like the ostrich - more concerned with their own beauty, well-being, and safety that they can't be bothered with raising children or taking care of their needs?
How many Mothers have the same fighting spirit as the she-bear?
How many will go after the devil and his "hunters" with extreme ferocity if they should dare to come near their little ones to injure them?
How many today are attacking Satan and his ungodly influences "as a ranging bear" because he has managed to steal their children's souls, affections, hearts, callings, and lives - leaving them "bereft" of their offspring?
Or do we see most Mothers today - like the ostrich - having babies and then abandoning them for others to raise them?
Are we finding those who are more willing to care for, raise, teach, and nurture someone else's youngster rather than their own in the name of "ministry"?
Do we see those who - through a lack of Holy Spirit discernment and a knowledge of the Word of God - leave their children wide open to be crushed and broken by "predators" in this life?
What is the general attitude of most Mothers today?
Are they soft, tender, affectionate, and overly protective like the she-bear, or are they - for the most part - "hardened" through self-centeredness, greed, lust, passions, compromise, and pride - convinced that their "labour was in vain"?
God certainly endowed the she-bear with Great Wisdom but "deprived" the ostrich. This is evident in the care of their little ones.
How about you, O Mother?
What would it be said of you?
Are you wise as the she-bear or are you foolish like the ostrich?
Just how reckless are you in your life when protecting your babies against potential destroyers and injurers?
Perhaps you have been very passive in your role as a Mother.
If so, hopefully this message has awakened you to the selfishness of your own heart and brought you to repentance.
If you will call upon the Lord this day for Wisdom, He will shower you abundantly and liberally for the asking.
Just don't settle for being like the senseless ostrich.
Don't let anyone ever tell you that you do not have a great purpose, calling, or position in life as a Mother.
Glean wisdom this day from the she-bear and take on a fighting spirit against anyone who would dare to rob you of your children or do them any harm.
It's time for Mothers to rise up.
It's time that they fight with all of their might for the safety of their own.
It's time to let all "hunters" and "predators" know that we will stand for
coming between us, our children, and our God!