“Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?” Isaiah 57:11
Wow. Them’s scary words. In other words, God is saying “Who have you honoured and revered more than me? Is it simply because I have been silent that you think you can forget about me and put someone else above me? No!”
Again. Scary words.
I remember when I was at a cross roads in my life and was confronted with a choice to choose my friends or God. I remember considering my circle of friends at that time and thinking to myself “Who of you have ever died for me? None of you have ever died for me, none of you have sacrificed anything for me and you never would. Why am I choosing to follow you over Jesus who has actually already died on the cross for me?” It was a poignant moment in my life.
As I shared this memory with my mother today, 18 year later, she said to me “that was the Lord speaking to you”. She’s right. That was the Lord speaking to me. He talks to us in amazing ways. Not all our thoughts are ours . That was one of those thoughts that really wasn’t mine. It wasn’t in my capacity to think that way. That was the Lord in me, revealing Himself in me, calling me home.
As I read through the Old Testament (and I’m reading through the book of Isaiah at the moment) I’m astounded at the resounding story of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness to a rebellious nation/people whose natural inclination was always toward sin and against God. Yet He was forever restoring them, longing to lavish them with all that He was and still is and always will be. He was forever restoring them, drawing them back to Himself, redeeming them, with eternal compassion.
Just look at these verses;
Isaiah 54:7,8 “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 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.
Isaiah 16:5 In love, a throne will be established…
Isaiah 1:16-20 “Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! “…”Come now, let us reason together” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 43:4 “Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you, …”
I see the Lord’s unquenchable compassionate and loving heart in all these scriptures.
If ever there was a time on this planet that people needed to know of a God that loves, it’s now.
Let these words spoken by God be shouted from the roof tops –
“…Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no saviour. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, ” declares the Lord, “that I am God. Yes, and from the ancient days I am he…” (Isaiah 43:10-13)
I pray that today dear friend, the eyes of all our hearts are enlightened to know Him more, that is the One who loves us and longs to be gracious to us, always willing to forgive us and pour out His kindness upon us.
He is God, the Lord Almighty!