The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: Proverbs 31:1 NKJV
Self revelation usually comes afterwards. This insight is not just an “aha” moment, rather it is rooted in the revelation of the meaning of words that were spoken to you.. You remember them being spoken, but denied that the truth would impact you. So many start this new found understanding with these words, “Mama always said…”
There is debate on the true identification of King Lemuel. In the Hebrew the word “lemuel” is not designated as a proper name like in English. The word means “belonging to the Lord”. Some think that this is a name of affection that Bathsheba used of her son, Solomon. The advice she gives follows the narrative of his life and mistakes. After expounding on the proverbial teachings for life, he concludes in this section with “Mama always said…”
The word “utterance” is “massa” in Hebrew. It is translated as utterance, prophecy, or a burden. Figuratively it means a prophetic warning. It is used as a way of introduction to several of the prophets like “revelation of Habakkuk or utterance of Jeremiah”.
To follow “mama’s sayings” usually will keep you on the path of good decisions. These warnings (as they align with scriptural truths) become guardrails to navigate life. Following the advice will usually keep you moving in the right direction.
The words have another place of importance…they can lead to repentance.
Just to acknowledge that “mama was right” is not the end of repentance, but rather the beginning. Her warnings become the knowledge of the rules that were broken. The rules that you broke. The rules that you did not think applied to you. But now, you are on the other side of the violation.
It is at this point that true repentance can start. OWN up to your mistakes. Don’t make any excuses. Don’t shift the blame to what others did or said. Start with the knowledge that you rejected the advice and decided to do it your own way.
THEN ask God to forgive you. Don’t just think about forgiveness. Follow thru with the actual expression of the words, “Dear God, forgive me for…” Be specific with the actions that you violated.
RECEIVE His forgiveness and peace. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Forgiveness is an act of faith, but it is real
PS. Daddy could have said these words as well as Mama. Also, not all warnings align with scripture. Some are wrong and others are just personal thoughts. Those that align with God’s truths carry the impact of leading to life and repentance. You will be amazed at how many insights your parents gave you that align with godly behavior.
May you be blessed today with good memories of all tha “mama said.” May you be blessed with the encouragement to repeat the truths of God’s word often for your children. May you be encouraged that you are a vehicle for speaking prophetically to your child.
Blessings Love y’all