It’s Okay to Call God, Mother!

SERIES – How to Stay Strong When Things Go Wrong

Isaiah 49:13-16 NIV

13   Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

14   But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”

15   “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

16   See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Isaiah 49:3-7 NIV

3     He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

4     But I said, “I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”

5     And now the Lord says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength–

6     he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

7     This is what the Lord says– the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel– to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Isaiah 49:19 NIV – “Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away.”

Isaiah 49:4 NLT – I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.”

Mathew 27:46 NIV – About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

  1. God’s transcendence above us

Psalm 103:13 NIV – As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

Genesis 3:21 NIV – The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Isaiah 46:3-4 NIV3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Genesis 49:25 NASB – From the God of your father who helps you, And by the Almighty who blesses you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

Luke 15:8-9 NIV8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’

Matthew 23:37 NIV – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Genesis 1:27-28 NLT27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

  1. God’s tenderness towards us

Isaiah 50:1-2 CEV1 The Lord says, “Children, I didn’t divorce your mother or sell you to pay debts; I divorced her and sold you because of your sins. 2 I came and called out, but you didn’t answer. Have I lost my power to rescue and save? At my command oceans and rivers turn into deserts; fish rot and stink for lack of water.

  1. It’s physically impossible.
  2. Mother’s cannot forget emotionally
  3. Mother’s cannot forget unconditionally
  1. God’s tribulation for us

1 John 3:18 NIV – Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

John 3:16 NIV – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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