Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Not infrequently the Bible depicts God as a mother.
What can a mom teach us about God?
A Mother Bear
“Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…” Hosea 13:8
Years ago a mom communicated to me how her teenage son had said reprehensible things to her and stormed out of the house continuing his verbal abuse. As her son raced defiantly out of the house, mom then screamed in full fury at her son . . loudly enough for the whole neighborhood to hear . . . “I love you!!!”
Romans 1:24, 26 & 28 express one way to understand the wrath of God . . God’s allowing us to experience the consequences of our own actions. But that’s too academic. Like the loving anger of a mom who will never, never, never give up on her child, a mom whose faithfulness to her children takes her to gut-wrenching depths of pain and despair, agonizing over the rebellion of her children, God’s love is gut-wrenchingly passionate, emotional, painful, never ending, faithful and impossible to escape.
God’s loving wrath is an expression of His commitment, even to his death on the cross, for the eternal safety and security of His children and to His desire for His children to thrive and flourish. It is that which elicits His passionate anger. Like the mom’s intense, heated, fiery outburst, “I love you!!!!!”, God’s anger at our sin is an anger borne out of God’s furious, untamable love for us.
God’s love is emotional, upsetting, fervent, vehement, impassioned and wild. God is like the mother eagle who “stirs up her nest” (Deuteronomy 32:11, 12) or who “cries out in labor, gasping and panting” (Isaiah 42:14). A mother’s love is not dispassionate. Sometimes fury, rage and love are one. A mom’s love, just as God’s love for us,. . . feels.
This kind of anger/love is the language of commitment, not of the breach of relationship, rather of God’s ardent, and emotionally consuming desire to reestablish His relationship with us. Do you know that?
“I have loved you with and everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3
“Thank you, Lord, for the Consuming Fire that You are and which defines your love for me. Thank you that your wrath times is not about your rejection of me, rather it is about Your never letting me go. Amen”