31st March 2019

Mama Bear

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage;wait for the Lord!”
Psalm 27:13-14 (ESV)

Have you ever been warned, “Don’t mess with a mama bear?” If so, I hope you listened. That’s a mum’s way of saying she will personally deal with any threat that comes to her. It’s an apt analogy to the fury of a mother’s love. Just like a mama bear with her cubs, a mother becomes a menacing foe against any who would come between her and her children. My heart warms towards mothers who exhibit this bear-like quality. Mama bears communicate clearly that their children are worth fighting for. They also create an atmosphere of safety and comfort where children can live in freedom rather than fear.

These mothers can also serve as a reminder that God the Father loves us with a mama bear passion. Jesus said as much about the Father’s heart by using a maternal metaphor of a mother hen in Matthew 23:37—a mother hen stretches out her wings to gather, comfort and protect her chicks. Whether facing foxes or fires, a mother hen will die before giving up her little ones.

Jesus uses this metaphor while travelling to Jerusalem, some might see here an indication that he would stretch out his arms on the cross. But nothing could stop Jesus from carrying out the Father’s bear-like passion for his children. Anything that came between the Father and his children had to face the fury of the Father’s love. It wasn’t pretty, but in the end, Satan and sin were defeated and death was destroyed.

In light of the cross, we can face our fears with the freedom of faith. Gathered under Jesus’ outstretched wings, we find comfort and protection from all our enemies. Listen to how the psalmist expressed this fearless freedom in the Lord: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall” (Psalm 27:1-3).

We can take courage in facing our enemies of sin and death. They are defeated and destroyed in Jesus. We can turn from all that is against us, because we have a Father who is all for us.

Prayer
Gracious Father, we all have doubts and fears. Strengthen our belief by deepening our understanding that you are on our side and at our side. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Anthony Mullins
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and the Leader Development Programme Coordinator for Grace Communion International.

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