Son, Mother | Devotion #6: He Provides
Jill Osmon | Assistant to the Lead Pastor
“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” John 19:26-27
Imagine Mary’s grief during this time. I am sure it was all consuming, nothing else mattered at that moment. It was probably her lowest point, unable to think about anything else. She was not thinking about what Jesus’ death would practically mean for her. We assume Joseph had passed away, and in that culture, her son was responsible for her care when the husband was gone. It is interesting that during His death, Jesus remembered her, loved her, and took care of her. He had the weight of the world’s sin on His shoulders, and yet, He took time to care for the woman who carried Him, raised Him, and loved Him.
I could definitely use this time to talk about taking care of your mother (which you should!), but I want to look at what this reveals about the character of God. In Matthew Henry’s Commentary, he says, “Sometimes, when God removes one comfort from us, he raises up another for us, perhaps where we looked not for it.”
The Lord provided for Mary. His care for her on Earth was being taken away, but He was providing her a son that would take care of her. God provides, even if it looks different than we thought and even with unique timing. He shows us throughout the Bible that He provides. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 84:11 adds, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Please remember that while God may take things away, He always provides in other ways. We need to be ready for it, trust that it will come, and accept it when we see it.