SUMMARY: Deep compassion
OVERVIEW: Israel’s suffering was over. She could “burst into song and shout for joy” because God would show compassion and never leave her.
BIG IDEA: God’s discipline always leads towards blessing.
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 54:10 (God to Israel)
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am your God, your creator, and the Lord of all. I have all power and all authority. Yet, I am also your heavenly father. I am not a distant deity who is unknowable or a negligent parent who does not care. I know you and love you, and I will do whatever it takes to mold and shape you to be the person I created you to be. I will send blessings when you need them, and I will discipline you when appropriate.
There will be times you feel isolated or abandoned. You will wonder if I’ve left you or forgotten you. I will never leave you or forsake you. But I will allow you to suffer and experience pain if necessary. Yet, I will always show you compassion, for I will never permit anything beyond what you can bear. Do not be afraid because you never have to worry about shame, disgrace, or humiliation in our relationship. My love will forever surround you. Turn to me and trust me. Follow me today.
Trust God in the middle of any challenge you face today. If you hear accusations in your head or your mind fills with doubt, review today’s key verse. Focus on the truths that God’s love for you is unfailing and that he is a God of compassion.