God Made the Maternal Instinct to Magnify Himself
“She’s eating her baby!” my 5-year-old shrieked as we were watching an episode on Animal Planet. The narrator coolly explained that when threatened, the mothers in this species of the animal kingdom eat their young.
I comforted my daughter. “Don’t worry, Sweet Pea. I would never eat you. If I felt threatened then I would turn to Jesus instead of chewing on you. Even though your little toes look just so tasty . . .”
More shrieking ensued as I pretended to eat her toes.
You may have felt like a “mother bear” at times when protecting or defending your children, but your instinctive motherhood is different than that of a brute animal.
Richard Baxter described how God created the maternal instinct to the praise of his glory:
Women especially must expect so much suffering in a married life, that if God had not put into them a natural…