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Isaiah 54:10: "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.”
Re-read the scripture above. Instead of just skimming over it, ask God to make it come alive to you. Sometimes scriptures I’ve heard my whole life will in a moment become real to me. Sometimes we don’t need a bunch of eloquent words, we just need THE Word. It’s alive, it’s powerful, it has the ability to change and open hearts. It is a lamp to our feet, a light for our path.
“My unfailing love for you will not be shaken.” Even though things might feel shaky, or there may not seem to be a way out of your chaos, the truth is- our hope is not in our family, our hope is not in our country, it’s not in anything on this earth, our hope is in Jesus. And HE will not be shaken and HIS peace will not be removed. And that is enough. We have to hold onto that promise. Thank you God that in the midst of the storm, you bring peace. Thank you that even when we are unfaithful, you are faithful.
THAT is the heart of the Father.
Ephesians 1:4-6: "Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son."
I would love to have a bible study with some of you right this minute and dissect these verses! When I think of the reality of the Gospel, and the Father’s heart, I feel as though I just heard this for the first time. And I really think that’s how it should be. If it becomes old, or normal, our faith becomes stagnant and complacent, and that's not how our life with Christ should be. It should be an adventure... it should mean that when you read verses like this you realize how dead you were in your sin, but that the Father loved you so much that even when you had nothing to offer him, He offered you everything. And not only did he offer you the sacrifice of his own son, but even in all of your sin, he sees you faultless before him. Incredible!
What I love most about this is when it says, “This is what God wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” It wasn’t forced. He didn’t have to... but it was His great joy. He decided in advance that he was going to make a way to adopt us into his own family.
So we praise him for his glorious grace, for the fact that we can call him Father, and because we belong to him; not because of anything we can ever do, but because of what Jesus did. Oh, the heart of the Father.