“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God!”

Israel and Judah, nations that God had labored to redeem as His own, because of their sin and rebellious ways, were worthy of judgment, condemnation, and complete rejection! They had experienced His discipline. However, in a passage that I read this morning – Isaiah 54, during my time of “coffee with the Lord” the Lord instead assured them of His incredible, lavish love, mercy and grace…

As I read Isaiah 54 today I was reminded of what God offers us, the undeserving and worthy of His judgment and condemnation, through Jesus Christ… An opportunity for growth and expanded fruitfulness, instead of a life of barrenness! Acceptance and embrace instead of rejection. Compassion and everlasting love instead of judgment. A covenant of peace instead of condemnation. Vindication when we really deserve to reap all of the consequences of our sinful ways…

Here’s just a taste of the language of the passage (you really should read the whole chapter for yourself!)…

“Sing, O barren one! … Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities… For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called… For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer. This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you. For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed!” says the LORD, who has compassion on you… All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you… No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD!” (From Isaiah 54)

I’ve got to tell you, it brought to mind the words of this contemporary worship song… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLFak6N04GY

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