Love & Covenant (part 4)

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:7-8 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – while we read today, we are expecting to hear from you and learn what you want to say to us. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen

Last post reviewed verses 1-6 of Isaiah 54 – in which we studied the command to sing and the promise of restoration for all those areas of our lives that seem barren. 

“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” Joel 2:25a

The entire Bible is our redemption story – we shall be restored. Why?  Because He loves us.
Today, we are continuing in Isaiah 54, from verse 7.  

“For a brief moment I abandoned you” – I suppose there is no need for redemption and restoration if there isn’t first separation.  I searched for the exact meaning of this as most of the Bible shows how He will never leave us not forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6 & Hebrews 13:5) and I could not find any solid examples of God forsaking us.
In Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 – Jesus asked God why he was forsaken. This phrase is also the first verse of Psalm 22. Psalm 22 was originally written by King David when he was in despair and felt like God abandoned Him – However, many details of this Psalm were prophetic showing details of the crucifixion (like being mocked and casting lots for the clothing – not to mention that it tells the redemption story of dependence on God for salvation). God had not actually forsaken Jesus – the whole thing was part of the plan. (Although, it is not without reasonable thought, to think, maybe Jesus did feel abandoned as He became our sins to be the sacrifice for them. Sin makes us feel separated.)

I have felt abandoned by God – have you? In my case, it was usually sin. I walked away from the church and God – but looking back, I see He never abandoned me.  But some of those low moments, sure felt like it.  After coming back, I had a lot of sin habits I needed to break. Some I am still working on.  After I sin, and we all make mistakes or give in to temptations (hopefully grow and change and move away from it, grow stronger in the Lord) – anyway, after sin, I feel so separated from Him. It is sin that separates us – but only from our perspective. Because while we were yet sinners, God loved us so much that He had Jesus die for the forgiveness of our sins.  Yet our shame causes us to want to hide, as Adam and Eve hid in the garden.  But in Christ there is therefore now no condemnation – just forgiveness.  Ask for forgiveness and help not to sin.

We are never abandoned. God has and will chase us down with His love for us and we just need to remain open to understand and open to feel His love – this is through faith, through believing this is true.  I have lived it and continue to live it. You cannot change my mind as to if this is true.

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12 NIV

Jesus told this parable to explain to us – He comes for us when we wander off. He came for us before we wandered off and before we were even originally found. He won’t let go of us. He keeps knocking and asking to be let in – this is love. Though we may reject Him (as I did when I walked away) He never rejected me. He was hurt by the rejection the same way we hurt when we are rejected – true love, His love, would never want us to hurt like that so he is longsuffering waiting for us to accept Him.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV

Nothing can separate us from his love!

“but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” This is from verse 7 in Isaiah 54.  I love that He says DEEP compassion. This world needs compassion, I need compassion – and He, my Husband (as we read in the last post) has that deep and tender compassion.

And verse 8 God repeats the emphasis on compassion: “with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.” First the compassion was deep and this time the compassion seems broader – everlasting – with kindness and redemption. Glory to God.

The Love He has for us is amazing and too big for our understanding. Yet here we are trying to grasp what we can of it.  This is why I have a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus. This is why. Because no matter what, I am loved. No matter what I am accepted.  No matter what He will NOT leave me nor forsake me.  People in the world have not been this faithful to me. People in this world have failed to love me, show me love, or even give me a healthy understanding of love – But through my relationship with Him, I am learning Love and learning to show love to others. What is love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

If you don’t already and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.

“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. 10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli. 12 I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 13 All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. 14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”

Isaiah 54 NIV

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