The Maternal-ness of God

“Is God a man or a woman?” my nephew asked.

He was only three. He was looking for categories.

We need categories.

God made us that way. We don’t just need order. We crave order.


God is not a man

God is not a woman.

But, He became a man.

That was born of a woman.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” – Genesis 1:27 (emphasis mine)

The Trinity is not easy to explain. Especially not to a three-year-old.

But, there is something concrete, something every child can understand about the Triune God in the creation of male and female.

God relates to us like a father.

God relates to us like a mother.

I left out the “also” in the above statement because there is no also in God’s nature. There is no ‘B’ list of divine attributes.

I leave it to you to consider the maternal characteristics of the indivisible Triune God in the following verses. And, I leave it to the Holy Spirit to tenderly apply their wisdom, goodness and beauty to your heart.

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. – Isaiah 66:13

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. – Isaiah 49:15

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. – Deut. 32:11

I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open. – Hosea 13:8

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! – Luke 13:34