The Maternal Side of God

The Maternal Side of God

Mother’s day always makes me stop and reflect on the role God has given me as a mom. It is a time for me to both celebrate and evaluate how I am doing in raising three little ones. I truly believe that whenever we wish to evaluate ourselves, we must turn to the Word. We moms are so quick to turn our eyes to our right and left to look at others. We compare ourselves to other moms, usually without knowing much about their own family dynamics or situations. The highlight reel on Facebook gives us a false sense of not just others, but ourselves; for we see ourselves through the comparison lens of other moms and their children.

But it’s important that we step back and see what God says about mothers. Perhaps more so, seeing how He acts as a mother to us.

I know, God is popularly seen as a father. We sing about His role as a father in church, we call Him by masculine pronouns, and coming from a patriarchal ancient society, it doesn’t surprise me. But the fact is, God is neither male nor female. He created gender, He is not of it. It is not that He is both male and female, but that He is above it because He is not a human being like us. The role of both mother and father came from Him, and we can see many times in scripture where even the maternal characters of God begin to show.

Much like my children are born of me, so are we born of God. For it is through Him that we have life. 

Deuteronomy 32:18 “You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you, and you forgot the God who gave you birth.”

God is compared to a nursing mother who instinctually cannot forget her child.

Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

God is a comforting mother.

Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

God is like a mama bird who protects and teaches her eaglet.

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.”

God as a mama bear who fiercely protects her cubs.

Hosea 13:8 “I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.”

And these are just a few. Let’s face it, mothers are amazing! They have this way of soothing us, protecting us, supporting us, pushing us, and loving us like no one else. Without them, we wouldn’t be alive, let alone be the people we are today. Just like babies find all of their needs met in their mother; food, drink, comfort, warmth, so can we find everything we need in God. The maternal instinct we mothers have is a gift from God, because it resembles Him. The love mothers have for their children is but a glimpse of the love God has for us. And tonight, as I sat in the rocking chair to fed my baby and soothed her to sleep, I feel this almost physical pain because of the intense love I have for her…..I can’t even imagine the overwhelming love God feels for me.

One Comment

  1. Gary Bores

    Thank you, Bethany, for beautifully reminding us that God’s love for us is like a mother’s love and motherly love is a very special gift from God.

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