Mothers: God’s glory uniquely on display

Maureen_kidsThis broken world definitely needs to see a God who comforts and nurtures and protects and loves.

But what if all these things about God are seen uniquely through mothers? I think they are! There’s nothing like a mother’s love. God shows us this in many ways.

A mother’s comfort demonstrates a God who comforts us…

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. (Isa.66:13)

Like God, a mother’s heart grieves when her children wander from her protection…

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. (Matt.23:37 NLT)

When our children were young, Maureen used to be able to guide them in the way they should go with just one look…especially when they were getting into trouble! Again, sounds like God!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

Only a mother truly understands how the pain of childbearing can bring such joy. Could it be that this is why Jesus points to mothers to tell us about the joy of our adoption with the coming of the Holy Spirit?

21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. (John 16:21 NIV)

What if a mother’s nurturing, teaching, and convincing love for her children is like that of the Holy Spirit’s for us? (Keep in  mind, the Spirit can either be a “He” or a “She” in the original language.)

If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth. (John 14:16-17 TLB) 

And when he has come he will convince the world of its sin, and of the availability of God’s goodness, and of deliverance from judgment. (John 16:8 TLB)

It’s interesting to me what Jesus said Holy Spirit’s job would be. He said the Spirit would not only live life with us in deep connection and intimacy, but also complete our training in everything we’ve been given as sons and daughters in the royal family of God. Sounds like a good mom!

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:12-15 NIV)

Truly, a mother uniquely reflects the glory of God in so many ways. You are our heroes of the faith, and you do it with such beauty and grace! Shine forth your glory!

May all mothers everywhere have a gloriously blessed day! You are amazing!

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
(Prov.31:26-31 NKJV)

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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