Her Faith Just Like Ours


Feb 9, 2011

Mothers of Mothers: Lois & Eunice

"When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also." 2 Tim 1:5 (KJV)
"I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), [a faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also." (The Amplified)

I read that Timothy was only fifteen when he left his Mother (Lois) and Grandmother (Eunice) to join Paul’s evangelistic team. And Paul loved and talked glowingly of Timothy’s godly heritage which informed his trust in the young man. These two women no doubt had invested so much in Timothy’s life such that he was an outstanding witness for the Lord. 

We can never over-emphasize the importance of giving our children a godly heritage. We were not given any other information save the testimony of Timothy’s life and that was a powerful testimony. 

These women loved God; had an unshakable faith in Him and it translated into a transformed life. Timothy was a faithful follower, a true servant and one who had genuine faith. He was the product of two outstanding women of God.

Lois and Eunices’ testimony stresses the fact that nothing is more important in the life of a God-fearing mother’s life than the early training of her children. It brings to mind the scripture: 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov:22:6 (KJV)
..and I love this translation: 

"Point your kids in the right direction—    when they're old they won't be lost."  (The message)

At just fifteen years of age, Timothy was matured spiritually. Lois and Eunice recognized his gifting and let him go to do the work of God. They didn’t invest in his life for themselves but they understood they were merely custodians of their son. At the right time, they let him go. Letting go must have been hard for them but they knew the time frame and keyed into God’s timing.

May we like Lois and Eunice be such godly women, fully equipped to invest deeply in our children’s lives and with wisdom and sensitivity in the spirit, steer them in the right direction and usher them to the threshold of their destiny. Amen!