God’s Maternal Heart - John Van Sloten

May 08, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’re going to try and learn a little bit more about God through moms.

There is this fierce, almost animalistic love that rises up in me whenever the safety of my child is an issue. So if that is how God also loves ME, wow, that blows me away.

But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.
I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
God through the prophet Isaiah 42:14-16, TNIV

[Being a mother has] allowed me to "see" how happy God must be when I rely on Him and when I willingly come to Him to heal my hurts. Nothing makes me happier or more content than when I can calm [my daughter] down when she's upset or hurt. I imagine God feels the same way when we allow Him to comfort us.

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.
God through the prophet Isaiah 66:13, TNIV

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17, TNIV

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!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
God through Isaiah 49:15-16, TNIV

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