Since today is Mother’s Day, I thought I would briefly write on a topic I’ve not seen much written on before. Before I start, however, I want to make a short disclaimer. I am not claiming that God is female. The clear teaching of Scripture is that He contains within Himself, attributes both masculine and feminine, because we are all made in His image. My point in writing this is to briefly explore His feminine attributes as we celebrate the role of mothers in our lives.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” If this is true, and it is, then it goes without saying that God contains the qualities of both man and woman within His own nature. We hear much about God as our heavenly Father, His ability to be a Father to those who are fatherless, and His correction of His children as a loving Father. But what about His feminine characteristics? How does God mother us?
To me, Holy Spirit is the one Person of the Trinity that exemplifies the “mothering” side of God. According to John 14:26, Jesus describes Him as a comforter, a helper or aide, a counselor; one who teaches and reminds, an intercessor. He is one who comes to our defense. All of these qualities describe the typical role of a mother. (Not that fathers can’t do these same things). I have always thought it was interesting that the only sin that was unforgivable was blaspheming, or speaking against, the Holy Spirit. It seems as if both Jesus and the Father are quite protective concerning Him, much like a son and husband would be towards their mother and wife. (see Luke 12:10)
Of course, the Holy Spirit does many other things in our lives as well – He empowers us for ministry, He lives within us, He enables us to know Jesus and the Father and always points us to them; He never glorifies Himself. (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 6:19, John 16:13-15) Even so, He seems to display the tender, emotional side of God’s heart toward His children in a way that is comforting and reassuring. Clearly, God is not only a Father to the fatherless, but a Mother to the motherless. He is El Shaddai – One mighty to nourish, satisfy, and supply (can literally be translated, “many breasted one”). He is truly ALL that we need!