A Mother’s Love – so precious!
compiled by Michael Jeshurun
“Can a woman forget her sucking child?” [Isaiah 49:15] the question is rhetorical – it answers itself! As one writer put it – “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
And the very reason God asks, “Can a mother forget her sucking child?” is because there is no love compared to that of a mother to her child both amongst humans and the animal kingdom. God ordained it so! The only love that surpasses this is the Love of the Triune God toward is Elect.
GOD COMFORTS US AS A MOTHER
“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)
A mother’s comfort! Ah, this is tenderness itself. How she enters into her child’s grief! How she presses him to her bosom and tries to take all his sorrow into her own heart! He can tell her all, and she will sympathize as nobody else can. Of all comforters the child loves best his mother, and even full-grown men have found it so.
Does Jehovah condescend to act the mother’s part? This is goodness indeed. We readily perceive how He is a father; but will He be as a mother also? Does not this invite us to holy familiarity, to unreserved confidence, to sacred rest? When God Himself becomes “the Comforter,” no anguish can long abide. Let us tell out our trouble, even though sobs and sighs should become our readiest utterance. He will not despise us for our tears; our mother did not.
He will consider our weakness as she did, and He will put away our faults, only in a surer, safer way than our mother could do. We will not try to bear our grief alone; that would be unkind to one so gentle and so kind. Let us begin the day with our loving God, and wherefore should we not finish it in the same company, since mothers weary not of their children?