No one wants to be a fool but wise in what they do. God has made it clear that if we are aware of what He wants us to do and do it, then we will be wise and attain great knowledge. But, we must fear God! We are talking about a reverential and respectful fear where we respect and appreciate the wisdom behind what is said and who said it. The term for fear can be used as dread (Deut:29), being terrified (Jonah 1:10), standing in awe (1 Kings 3:28), or having reverence (Lev 19:3). The Expositor’s Bible Commentary says “With the Lord as the object, the word captures both aspects of shrinking back in fear and of drawing close in awe.” This is not a paralyzing fear but it is not either the polite type of reverence but it is ultimately expresses reverential submission to the Lord’s will and thus characterizes a true worshiper.” We need to recognize how powerful God is and that He can do whatever He desires. God is all wise and has all knowledge and if we want to learn and become wise then we need to “fear” Him and become willing to listen to Him and His word.
His Word clearly teaches that we need to listen to and not forsake the teaching of our mothers. Because this is Mother’s Day, I know that if we went around asking those who are here if they have special things that their mother taught them or special sayings that their mother had, we could get quite a lot of volunteers. Since we don’t have time to do that, let us at least look at a few important things that our mothers taught us or said to us.
1. Wear clean underwear, you never know when you will be in an accident.
2. Don’t pick your nose at the table.
3. If you sing at the table you will grow horns.
4. Eat your vegetables; there are starving children all over the world that would love to eat them.
5. If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.
6. Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.
7. I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them. (Phyllis Diller)
8. A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.
9. Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.
10. If you're old enough to critique what I put in your lunch, you're old enough to make it yourself.