Devotion for the Week of September 5, 2016 - FRUITFUL MOTHER

FRUITFUL MOTHER

Ephesians 6:1-4, Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.  4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

The fruitfulness of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards’ union was abundant, extensive, and glorious.  By the year 1900, there were over 100 Edwards’s descendants serving as pastors, missionaries, and mission board trustees.  In addition, there were 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 100 lawyers, 30 judges, 66 physicians, 60 authors, and 80 men who held public office.  This was only 143 years after Jonathan and Sarah’s death!  We do not have a record of the ongoing fruit to this day, but we do know that it is staggering.

While many of the Edwards descendants trace their heritage to their notorious grandfather, there is no doubt that Sarah’s influence upon their children, especially their eight daughters, carried the greatest weight.  Sons imitate their fathers, but daughter imitate their mothers.  Although Jonathan blessed his daughters with a biblical foundation and developed their intellect for the glory of God, it most likely was Sarah who shaped their character.

It is interesting to note that the Edwards household was predominately female.  This is surprising.  One would think that Jonathan would have been given many sons to train for the ministry – but in the providence of God, it was Sarah who was given many daughters to establish a multi-generational lineage of faithfulness!  Sarah raised mature, Christ-like daughters who were competent, compassionate, and full of grace.  They reflected her deep seated love for Christ and embraced Him fully as their own.

 

Taken from, “In Love With Christ” – The narrative of Sarah Edwards by Sereno Edwards Dwight – Grandson of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards

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