Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Promise of Mother Love

This coming week I will have the great joy of spending time alone with my daughter on the island of Kauai--so, I thought I'd concentrate my posts on the promises and joys of family.

In describing Zion's future in Isaiah 66, God speaks of the difficulties, delusions, and time it will take to bring about her deliverance. He concludes with this word of hope:

"Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.
Then you shall feed; 
on her sides shall you be carried, 
and be dandled on her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts,
so I will comfort you;
and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."
~ Isaiah 66:12-13

God, Who created the heavens and the earth by the power of His word . . . God, Who will judge the nations and cast Satan and his powerful minions into the Lake of Fire . . . this same God looks with mother-love on Israel and those who love her (v.10). He will comfort them like a mother comforts her child, carrying them, dandling them on His knees.

Can you even fathom this? Sitting on God's knees? If not, why not?

After all, God sent His beloved Son Jesus Christ to prove His love for the world. And Jesus reaffirmed that love over and over again by His life and testimony. Didn't He delight in little children? Didn't He pick them up and place them on His knee?

Whatever the future holds--and reading about future events in the Bible can be a fearsome thing--we know this much, our God loves children. And Heaven will be populated with those of childlike faith.

"Assuredly, I say to you, 
whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child
will be no means enter it."
~ Luke 18:17

We can rest in the fact that God has promised to comfort His own with the love of a mother.

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