THE MOTHERHOOD OF GOD
Gen. 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Before you take me the wrong way, I don’t think God is a woman. I do believe there are some very beautiful feminine characteristics in our God, if not how could women have been created in His image.
Gen. 1:26-27 ¶ Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” ¶ So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
In our first glimpse of God in the opening verses of Genesis, we see the interaction of the trinity. We see God the Father, we also see His word (the Lord Jesus), and their interaction with the Holy Spirit in creation. The Spirit is said to be hovering (râchaph
to brood; by implication to be relaxed: – flutter, move, shake)
This word hovering is the hebrew word for a mother bird incubating her eggs. This is a beautiful picture of the motherly aspects of the Spirit of God. A.B. Simpson spoke powerfully about this beautiful attribute of God.
“There is in the divine Trinity a personality corresponding to human relationships. Human fatherhood expresses a need which is met in God the Father. Human motherhood has its origin in the Holy Ghost. Human brotherhood, and the higher, closer fellowship of the husband and the bridegroom, are met in Christ, the Son of God, our Brother and our Bridegroom. We cannot reason out the divine Trinity, but God can make it real to our spiritual instincts.
There are times when the orphaned spirit feels the need of a mother’s delicate and tender touch, and we think how mother once used to comfort and help us as no other friend could do. Then we need the mother heart of God. The Holy Ghost, the author of the mother’s heart and the child’s dependent love, is able to meet in us the deep need which has outgrown our infant years, and still looks up to God with its orphaned cry for love and sympathy.”
Religion has tried to replace this need for nurturing with various female deities. There have been various claims to being the “mother of heaven”, even some streams of Christianity have tried to deify saints to replace this longing in our souls for nurturing. Only the Holy Spirit can satisfy this craving of our soul. All of us need to be “mothered”, it is a cry in our soul from the instant we are born. When we are introduced to Jesus Christ we are also introduced to the person of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can care for us and mend the scars of being orphaned in this world that so many of us carry. Today, allow the Lord to carry you in His arms, after all, some things only respond to a mother’s touch.