Love & Covenant (part 5)

“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. 10 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.

11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. 13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. 14 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.” 

Isaiah 54:9-14 ESV

Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to reveal to us what you are telling us, as we are expecting to hear from you and learn your amazing love for us. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen

A couple posts ago 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.  Last post we reviewed verses 7-8 and how great God’s love is that nothing can separate us from Him.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Today, we are continuing to study God’s great love for us, His redemption story and plan for our lives, and the covenant of His promises to us; picking back up in Isaiah 54, starting from verse 9.  

“This is like the days of Noah” – The days of Noah were evil. So evil that God felt he had to push the reset button and flood the entire earth to rid it of so much evil.  We are also living in evil times – like the days of Noah and like the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. But, prophecy must be fulfilled and we were told this would be a sign that Jesus was coming to take His faithful remnant home. This is the rapture of the church. To me, this confirms that this chapter of Isaiah is also written for the people of the year 2020. This is directly for you and me.

37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37-39 ESV

Having to flood the earth grieved God.  He loves His creation and did not want to destroy it. But He felt it had to be done. So, in His usual tenderness He promised to never again destroy the earth by flood. This was a covenant promise. 

A covenant is a promise and so much more; it is a contract, legal document, a pledge, and a pact. It is an agreement between two parties. So both parties MUST hold up their end.  Here in Isaiah God is extending a contract to anyone who is willing to hold up the other end. The reason is because He loves us and so, anyone who loves Him and keeps His word, is holding up their end of the contract. Therefore, God will hold up His end.

I don’t know about you – but I hear a nagging evil voice say, “well, sinner, you aren’t very good at holding up your end of the contract. Didn’t you curse the other day? Didn’t you lose your temper the other day? Didn’t you (insert whatever sin you may struggle with) the other day?
Again I remind us of the verse – there is therefore now no condemnation! It is written!  We each must work out our own salvation with God. It’s a work, a struggle (sometimes), it is a growing experience. We must work it out. This process does not excuse sin – but God removes it at a pace we can manage. Every time I am victorious over one thing – God points out another.  Sometimes I am blindsided and not expecting it and BAM the temptation came and went so fast – and I failed (especially true, for me, with using foul language – stub my toe and BAM, I failed with my potty mouth).  But I am immediately convicted and I beg for forgiveness and for continued help to grow away from such evil habits.

Holding up our end of the contract means, loving God. And despite our imperfections, having faith. Being willing to submit to His will while turning away from the desires of our flesh. Being willing to fall, but to get back up and keep pursuing His way in our lives. Just keep your eyes on Jesus and keep working on your end of the relationship. Loving God and loving others. Sharing God and His love. Sharing our failures and His grace that continues to shine upon us as He helps us grow – It is ok to be human and not perfect, God loves us anyway. And other need the encouragement that God loves and uses sinners.

11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. 13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. 14 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.”  Isaiah 54:11-14 ESV

Yes, we read it yet again. Because we have many storms in such a time as this. Comfort isn’t found for most (unless you turn to God).  Our riches are stored up in Heaven as seen in this promise – but on earth he does promise to be our strong foundation, which is able to weather any storm.

Our promise is for our children as well, that HE will teach them. My son is an adult and last night told me he is ashamed that I believe in this myth and I am taking the easy way out not being responsible to fix the mess we are in – because I say: it is in the hands of the almighty and His will shall be done. Well, I have tried to teach my son. Now, I stand on this promise – It is written: The Lord shall teach my son! Woe to my son if he refuses to be taught as the lessons shall continue until he bends his ear.  However, as the lessons are taught, great will be my son’s peace.  He will need it.
I know this is true. My mother prayed that the Lord himself would teach me and He has – and great is my peace as the earth shakes, as waves of evil and grace wash over it, as mountains move (both falling and rising, metaphorically), and in pandemic and in violent and evil times – yes, great is my peace.

Please say it and claim it with me: God himself is establishing me in righteousness – I am not righteous but I am made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.  I am far from oppression – not in what the world can see or understand – but I stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free (Galatians 5:1).  I do not fear because I am given power through the Holy Spirit, love through grace, and a sound mind which thinks, day and night, on the word of God.  I am saved from terror – I can see it; it may come right up to my side – yes a thousand may fall at my side and ten-thousand at my right hand (Psalms 91) but the terror shall not come upon me. It is written. These are the promises of the covenant of love, from the Lord my God. In this I believe.

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, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
“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.

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. 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 the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.

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. 10 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.

11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. 13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. 14 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.

15 If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. 16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; 17 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.”

Isaiah 54 ESV

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