July 12, 2013
2 Timothy 1:4-5
V5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well
We don’t really know a whole lot about Timothy’s mom and grandmother. Except for one major thing; they raised Timothy to have an abiding faith in God. They raised him according to the verse in Proverbs that instructs parents to “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is older he will not depart from it.” They taught him godly principles. Most importantly, I’m sure, they lived godly lives in front of him. I have no idea what happened to either his grandfather or his father. God’s word doesn’t tell us this information. However, what it does remind us as mothers is that we, mothers and grandmothers, have a responsibility to teach our children, grow our children in a way that when they are older they will not depart for it. The world will tell us that God and His word devalues women. Yet, here is a concrete example of that so not being the case, there are many more examples of this actually! Here we have two women who are in charge of shaping and growing this young man who will be greatly used by God. God in His infinite wisdom could have used Timothy’s father and grandfather but He didn’t. They for whatever reason aren’t even mentioned. He left the task of growing and equipping Timothy to his Mom and Grandmother. If we have children, God has given us this same responsibility; regardless of whether we have godly men in our lives or not.