“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 (NASB)
The promise we look at today comes to us in the book of the prophet Isaiah many years ago. We might look at the hills and especially the majestic mountains as being reminders of the greatness of God who created them. In our verse, however, God wants us to know that there is something more majestic and more enduring than the mountains for us to marvel about. Even the mountains can be shaken but God’s care for us cannot be. God’s lovingkindness is an unfailing love and it is forever for those who believe. Our promise reminds us that God’s love for us will always remain, and so will His promise of peace. Realize that God loves us and we’ll have this assurance – He’ll give us peace in our hearts even in the midst of a world of turmoil. Whatever challenges we are facing, let’s allow these words from our God produce His peace in our heart today. There is nothing that can cause us to lose God’s mercy not a hurricane, not a tornado, not an earthquake They may move hills and mountains but cannot move God’s lovingkindness.
“Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.” – Psalm 103:13-14 (NASB)
“How is your frame of mind?” We may well have difficulty answering this without some in-depth investigation into our soul. On whom or what are we trusting? If we consider ourselves to be saved by the grace of Jesus Christ we should be able to consider ourselves loved by God. Just as the psalmist David knew his life was fleeting, he also was convinced that it was by the Lord’s promises that he lived. Although redeemed by Christ on the basis of His sacrifice for our sins, we are physically frail as long as we live on this earth. God promises that He is aware of our frailty. God knows our hearts and He knows that we need help to please Him in obedience and worship. We can be comforted when we fail God. He knows that we will fall short. He knows the weaknesses of our frame. That is why we are assured of His compassion for us and all who fear Him. Such fear is generated within us by God’s awesome presence and character. God knows and keeps in mind that we are human and not yet transformed into what we will be in heaven.
“ What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” – Romans 9:14-16 (ESV)
There might be many different reasons that we find ourselves not understanding the ways of God. Today, is one of those times. Our temptation is to question the why of something that happened because we didn’t want it to or thought it shouldn’t be. As true faith believers, we know that God has not made any mistake today because He never makes mistakes. We have prayed fervently for a close friend who today was called home to be with Jesus. Now, we continue to pray for his family. His wife and daughter and father-in-law in need of God’s mercy and compassion. This family lost both grandmothers in the last year and a half. But our promise today is a good one. God promises no injustice (that’s the no mistake promise). So if in weakness we may argue God is not just, Paul the Apostle says BY NO MEANS! “May it Never Be!” The Authorized Version says, “God Forbid!” NO MISTAKES, even in the toughest circumstances. It is God who gives and who desires to give Mercy and Compassion in abundance as He wills. It is God who has unbounded supply of mercy and it is He who will give it as we need it.
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)
These words although written by the psalmist are the Words of the LORD God. We have assurance that even when it seems like everything in our world is crashing down around us like a massive earthquake, that our Father God’s love will not fail and our promise of peace remains firmly in place. When we look at the mountains and hills we usually think of them as having been there a long time in our time frame. We don’t usually think of them as something apt to change very soon. And all that is true because of the way God created them. But even they can be moved. If the earth shakes enough. We are reminded that even in that extreme circumstance, God Himself is also here and he has been here forever – long before the mountains. He cannot be shaken and His love and his promises do not change. We can depend on His love no matter what happens in and to this world. We can trust God’s love no matter what happens in our lives. He will always love us and He will always keep his covenant of peace. Thank God today for never changing.