As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
Is not the highest use of human relationships to reveal God? Are not the genuine king, judge, friend, father, so many mirrors in which the Divine character is, in some degree, reflected? And if this be true of all other human relationships, especially of those most natural and elemental, is it not emphatically thus in the unique, peerless one of mother Indeed, since there is need of all human relationships combined to reveal God, it is most clear that this one cannot be omitted. And if even idolaters have ever fell they must select the best material at their command to adumbrate the deity they worship, we may surely lay our hands on this highest thing we call motherhood, to illustrate something of the attributes and the ways of "our own God." His love transcends all motherhood. It is a relationship marked by —
I. CLOSEST INTIMACY. The child's life, especially at its beginning, is a part of its mother's life. Supported by maternal sustenance, watched by maternal wisdom, embosomed in maternal love, the child has more from its mother, and owes, more to her, than science can analyze or poetry,, describe. Thus intimate is Gods relationship to us. "We are His offspring.
II. INTENSE INDIVIDUALISM. In two aspects there is an individualizing element and habit in motherhood that is on the very surface of the relationship, and that yet is one of its profoundest realities.
1. The mother individualizes her child. So both the Old and New Testament revelation, and indeed all His dealings with us, discover how individual all men arc to God.
2. Then, the child individualizes its mother. "Our own God."
III. UNWEARIEDNESS OF CARE. The devotion of a mother is not that of hours, but of days — not of days only, but of nights also. It is not exhausted when its object has passed through infancy, but is active and anxious over its youth; yearns fondly, even when it can accomplish little, over its manhood or womanhood; lives and reigns in the heart till the mother herself dies; and — who can tell? — perhaps may still watch and guide and bless from the world of spirits. All human history gives emphasis to the question, "Can a woman forget her child?" Others may degrade and desecrate the meaning of the word "love," by saying profanely, "I loved once." The mothers of the world are the monuments of the perpetuity — one had almost said, of the eternity — of love. Yet the highest authority says, they may forget, yet will not God.
IV. SACRIFICIALNESS OF LOVE. Probably all true love is sacrificial. Anyway, it is beyond contradiction that a mothers love is. Conclusion:
1. Lessons for parents.
(1) Here is a word of instruction for those who, whether as fathers or mothers, are not fulfilling the highest duty of their relationship, namely, revealing God to their children.
(2) Here is a word of consolation. Motherhood means a life of sacrificial, often unhonoured, often unrequited love. But what if that love is revealing God? What if it is fulfilling some of the functions of the Cross at Calvary? Is any endurance too heavy, any toil too irksome, any anguish too keen, if thereby God's heart is unveiled as it never otherwise could have been?
2. Remonstrance with sinners. The most heinous sins are sins against love. All transgression against this God of Divine motherliness, is such sin. It is folly to rebel against the God of all wisdom; the rebellion will ultimately he thwarted. It is madness to rebel against the God of all power . He must reign till His enemies be made His footstool. But it is darkest sin to rebel against "the God of all comfort."
(U. R. Thomas, B. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.