'Give ear and come to Me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you...' Isaiah 55:3 NIV
So, let's bring these last two days' readings together. God's care looks like the love of a good parent might: sometimes comfort, sometimes discipline. But when we zoom out, it's all part of His promise never to stop loving us. There's a word for that. Our Bibles usually translate it as 'loving-kindness', but the oldest Bibles called it 'hesed'.
'Hesed' is the love promised by God for His people. It is different from every other form of love out there because it is loyalty from a perfect God. His unshakeable, undeserved love that sticks with us because He is for us. Even when we feel like rubbish. 2 Timothy 2:13 says 'If we are faithless He remains faithful'. God knows we're an awkward bunch - and He doesn't mind. 'Hesed' is an active love: not just a one-off sweet deal at the cross, but God moving in our lives every day. This is great news!
And God doesn't force us to accept it! We enter out of our own freedom into the relationship of love. Even when our feelings betray us, or we have a bad day and can't be bothered with the thought of picking up a Bible, God's given us something that goes beyond emotions, a love that we can decide to do, not just feel our way into.
So what now? Spend some alone time with God, thanking Him out loud for being such a great parent. The more you thank Him, the more aware you will become of His love in your life.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 19:1 - 23:20; Luke 13:1-17; Ps 119:49-56; Pro 21:4-6