Abijah (or we can call her by her nickname, Abi) is mentioned in the Old Testament books of 2 Kings 18:2 and 2 Chronicles 29:1. She was the mother of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was the 13th king of Judah. He was crowned at twenty-five years of age and reigned for nearly thirty years. Both verse 3 of 2 Kings 18 and verse 2 of 2 Chronicles 29 say that Hezekiah “did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.” He was a good and godly king. For this reason, Hezekiah gets considerably more spotlight than his momma, but I think there’s still something we can learn from her.
1. Abi influenced her son for good. Despite his young age, Hezekiah didn’t let his newly acquired prestige and power go to his head. He remembered Who it was that put him on the throne and he remained faithful to God throughout his entire life.
The faith of most children is shaped by their parents. There are exceptions; many young people find God on their own without any direction from elders. For example, we’ll soon look at a woman from the Word named Maachah. She was the grandmother of Asa the king and Asa had to teach her a thing or two about dissing God by destroying her false idols. But back to Abi and her son…
Bible historians say Hezekiah’s father, Ahaz, was an idolater who turned away from God, so it’s pretty clear that Hezekiah didn’t get his faith from his dad. Perhaps it was Abi who taught her son to respect, honor, and serve the Lord who had made him. Even with her status as queen mother, perhaps she remained modest and kept her trust in God. As a result, Hezekiah stayed humble and also depended on God when it came to making tough decisions.
Mothers should never underestimate the influence they have in their children’s lives. They should never underestimate the influence their faith has in the lives of their children.
N. Eldon Tanner said: “A mother has far greater influence on her children than anyone else, and she must realize that every word she speaks, every act, every response, her attitude, even her appearance and manner of dress affect the lives of her children and the whole family. It is while the child is in the home that he gains from his mother the attitudes, hopes, and beliefs that will determine the kind of life he will live and the contribution he will make to society.”