“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” (Isaiah 54:7 NIV)
This passage refers to the Babylonian exile. Isaiah proclaimed,
“Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.” (Isaiah 55:3)
God is faithful in keeping His promises. As Lamentations 3:23 reminds us, His mercies are new every morning. God knows what lies ahead. He is faithfully and mercifully preparing the way for us, ultimately through Jesus Christ to come to Him for eternity. His plan is to draw us closer to Him. Through every breathtaking sunrise, majestic hike in the woods, everyday rescue from loneliness and protection from elements and forces we cannot even see. He is merciful, faithful, not wanting one of His children to perish. Peter wrote,
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Everyday, we can wake to pray, confessing our sins and picking up the peace of forgiveness and grace to walk out into the promises He has prepared and purposed for the current day.
The mercies of our God are unending and new everyday. Look for Him in the fabric of each day, stretching our time, healing our ailments, and encouraging us to remember Him and hold onto hope. This world isn’t home. When it feels awful, look up and know eternity with God awaits for all who believe in Jesus. Home is with Him.
NIV Application Commentary
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary
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