The Father’s heart revealed in the women of God
It is right and proper for us to address God as Father, Jesus told us to and we see the masculine aspects of God as our Father, defender, warrior, king all over scripture but today.
I want us to look at something
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them.
It is important that we always remember “God created mankind (human beings) in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them…men and women both were created in his image man was complete when created and God removed part of the man, he removed part of His nature to create woman so together they represent the complete nature of God…God didn’t get different dirt to create Eve, he took from the very nature he had given Adam a perfect reflection of him…today I want to look at some of that nature that represents the Lord through the women in our lives
No greater compliment can be paid to women than God comparing His great love for us with the tender, compassionate love of a godly mother toward her children. Let me show you what I mean
“For thus saith the Lord: 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 dandled on her knees, as one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.”
God pays a wonderful tribute to motherhood in Isaiah as He refers to His love for His children as a mother’s love. Jesus paid the same tribute to motherhood when He spoke of His concern and love for Jerusalem being typified by…Luke 13:34
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.
There are attributes of the Father in every woman of God. Their nature as Christian women represents the Father’s nature. I have shared a similar teaching in the past but this would be a step two to that teaching…as woman reveal the Father’s heart
The basics of every man is that they are goal oriented and the basic nature of every woman is that they are connection, relationship oriented (this is stereo-typing I know but it is mostly true) I hope every woman in this room today will see some of the Father revealed in them through some of the aspects I am going to describe today.
- The Love of a Christian mother shows…. the love God has for all of His children
“To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God
God’s love is non-preferential.
- A mother who had twelve children was asked which one she loved the best. Her answer: “The one who’s sick until he gets well; and the one who is away until he gets back home!”
- The concern of a Christian Mother reveals the concern God has for His children
It has been said: “A father becomes concerned when his child breaks a bone….a mother when her child skins a knee!”
The nurturing and protective heart in woman is part of God’s reveal nature and character in women
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
- The sacrificial compassion of women, reveals God’s sacrificial heart
2 Corinthians 8:9
You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
I see many women who daily lay down their lives, their time, their wants, even their needs for their children and their friends. It is part of the Father’s heart of laying down his life for connection to us. More often, Men will lay down their lives for a goal and to be the warrior but women for the connection, for a relationship.
Everyone blessed with a godly woman in their lives can supply an abundance of illustrations to support this!
- The patience of a Christian woman reveals God’s patience with His children
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
It is said the mother of the great song writer and preacher Charles and John Wesley having so many children but recognizing her need for quiet time in prayer. Would sit in her rocking chair throw her apron over her head to shut out the world. The children knew when she was like this, you don’t bother Mom as she would spend hours in prayer seeking wisdom and blessing for her children and herself that she would raise them to be godly children. Her patience was profound and taught the children the value of waiting which John and Charles Wesley especially learned in waiting on the Lord.
Ladies…never belittle yourselves or allow anyone to belittle you…you reflect the Father as your heart is surrendered to him…you have unique character traits that are generally unique to you…Please allow the Lord to continue to develop this aspects of the Father’s nature and others that represent him, that are unique to your gender and are unique to you…You represent the image of God and future generations need to see those aspects of His nature and character in you so they can get the whole picture of who God is!
Your type of love, concern, compassion, and patience is needed for all the world to see the whole picture of Jesus!