Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, my love shall never leave you, nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” These words from Isaiah, chapter 54, verse 10, offer us great comfort and encouragement. God is speaking to us directly here, as if he were looking into our very eyes.
We are comforted by the fact that this is God’s oath, his eternal promise to us who believe in him and who keep his commandments. It is his covenant with us. Because God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, his words are true then, now, and forever. His covenant is unbreakable and eternal. As he promised to keep Israel safe, because of his love for them, so he does for us this day. He knows our trials and our sufferings for his name’s sake. He has never abandoned us to them. Indeed, he entered into them in the flesh. Jesus is the fulfilment of the Father’s promise revealed in the words from Isaiah above.
If we give ourselves to God, if we honor him with our lives, even in the hard times he will pave our way, build our foundations and battlements with precious stones (verses 11-12). More importantly, if we educate our children in the Lord, they will know his peace (verse 13). We will no longer know oppression or fear. Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inviting all of us to return to God. In walking with God, we find our protection and our peace. These things come from heaven alone, not from earthly things. If we keep faith with the Lord, He tells us here in Isaiah, “Every weapon fashioned against you shall fail; every tongue that brings you to trial you shall prove false. This is the lot of the servants of the Lord, their vindication from me—oracle of the Lord” (verse 17)
The end of verse 10 gives us a clue as to why as well. God’s love for us is so great, so unbreakable that even when we break faith with him, he does not forget about us. Like the father of the Prodigal Son in the parable, he waits patiently. If we come to know the error of our ways and return to him, filled with the inner recognition of our failure to love, and the contrite and humble desire to return to him, he greets us not with recrimination, but with the fatherly embrace of forgiving mercy. Is not Jesus the very fulfillment of this promise of God in Isaiah? In Jesus we see the promise of God in the flesh. Let us turn to him, follow him, and know the peace and protection that is eternal.
Lord, we are humbled by your love for us beyond our ability to speak of it. In you alone do we find the peace that our souls yearn for in this life. Strengthen our faith and our resolve to keep our eyes on you and to follow you willingly and joyfully to the end of our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
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