Written and preached by David P. Nolte

2 TIMOTHY 1:1-11

John Quincy Adams said, "All that I am my mother made me." Abraham Lincoln said, "All that I am or hope to be, I own to my angel mother." Dwight Moody said, "All that I have ever accomplished in life, I owe to my mother." The influence of a Godly mother over her children cannot be overstated and ought not be undervalued! Paul noted the influence of two mothers in the text for today. And it is that kind of mother that God can bless. To illuminate the great influence of a Godly mother, let me tell you about one such mother. Her husband and daughter had gone out in their fishing boat and were overtaken by a dense fog. This mother knew how dangerous the coast was and that in the fog her beloved would not be able to find their way. So she took a lamp and put it in the attic window, hoping its rays would serve as a beacon to direct her family home. As we consider mother and her influence over her family, let's consider that kind of mother God can bless.

So this mother set a lamp in the window as a beacon. Her godless son said, contemptuously, "It won't do any good!" Nevertheless, she kept the lamp lit and added to it her prayers for the deliverance of her husband and young daughter. Out in the fog, the little girl saw the faint light in the distance and pointed it out to her father. "We'll steer for that!" said the father and slowly they made their way toward the light and shore. Here is another factor in a Godly mother's life that God can bless.

Seeing the light in the window, and I am certain, assisted by the mother's prayers, husband and daughter were soon safely ashore. The family embraced upon reunion and the son asked, "How did you make it back in?" The little girl said, "We steered by the light mother put in the window, but we didn't know what it was out there." To himself, the ungodly son mused, "Perhaps it is time for me to steer by mother's light." And that, too, is another cause for God to bless a Godly mother.

This Godly mother not only put a light in the attic window, but let her light shine in front of her family. A few months later, the son became ill and the doctor uttered the grim prognosis, "He won't live long." As death approached, the young man said, "Don't be afraid for me. I will make the harbor, for I have steered by mother's light and have found the Savior, Jesus Christ." There is a great need on the one hand for followers of Jesus Christ to send the light; there's a great need on the other hand to steer by that light as you become aware of its beams. Perhaps you are away in the fog of uncertainty -- you don't know about the condition of your soul. Perhaps you are in the fog of insecurity -- you feel unsure that God loves you or will forgive you. Perhaps your fog is doubt or unbelief or stubborn rebellion. The light shines in the darkness -- it shines for you to see -- it shines to lead you to Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Steer by that light and you will find harbor in Him.

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