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What do Mothers Teach us About the Heart of God? Mother’s exemplify the nature of God’s comfort Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” Mother’s live out God’s heart of sacrifice Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a mother forget her own baby, and not love the child she bore” Even if a mother could forget her child, I will never forget you. Jerusalem, I could never forget you! I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Mother’s display God’s protective heart Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” Mother’s reflect the gentle nurturing heart of God 1 Thessalonians 2:7 “As an apostle of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children.” Mother’s pass on the godly training to be content and secure in God’s presence Psalm 131:1-2 “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Listening to preaching is an act of worship in which we await transformation through the being in the presence of God and receiving his Word. The sermon is a gift God uses to speak to us; we come with nothing in our hands but an awareness of our need for him in our hearts. When empowered by the Holy Spirit, the sermon is God speaking to us. We must come hungry, aware of our neediness, and ready to feed on him. Then God is able to transform us.