The unfailing love of God
I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all he has done. I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and love. He said, “They are my very own people. Surely they will not betray me again.” And he became their Savior. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. But they rebelled against him and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he became their enemy and fought against them. Isaiah 63:7-10 NLT
Isaiah from the text recounts the unfailing love of God that surrounds the life of believers. It is His love that keeps us alive and makes us strong even in the face of difficulties. We need to be reminded of God’s unfailing love for that is what will keep us committed to our relationship with Him; “...you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love” (Jude 21). It is important that we do not forget that it is He who chose us and gave us salvation. He is the one that continues to sustain us by carrying us every step of the way. God’s unfailing love to us is undeserving yet He gave it to us. This is what provided us life and great future. His manifestation of His love to us calls us to remain loyal to Him and not betray His love. “So they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:20). He even identifies with the suffering of His people and provided them relief. “In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them” (Isaiah 63:9). When we rebel against God, it is not that He failed but us neglecting His unfailing love. There will always be forces and circumstances that will derail us from living the life God gave us and it will be up to us if we will allow God’s enemy to influence us. When we neglect God’s unfailing love, we will be weakened and we “grieved his Holy Spirit” (Isaiah 63:10). God will not tolerate our rebellion and He will not allow things to go on as before. It is only love that cares enough to discipline and rebuke. This is why we cannot go on living our lives as if nothing has changed when we claim we are recipients of His unfailing love. Once we embrace His love, He will show to us who we should be in His sight. The more we humble ourselves before Him, the more His grace abounds. “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:6).