But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me. – Isaiah 49:15, 16
The Bible tells of a God whose love is so great as to be frightening. He rescued a people who had never done anything to deserve his kindness and cared for then no matter how many times they failed him. When they went astray he warned them, promised them gifts if they would return. He punished them when they went too far and forgive them when they repented, knowing that they would soon return to their sins. Over and over and over again this happened and he kept bearing with them.
The above passage from Isaiah was written during one of those times of punishment. God reminded his people of his love for them, a love that had endured centuries of assault. They were dear to him, his children and no matter how far away they ran, he would always hope for their return.
We can see around us the hell centuries of humanity have created through their actions. We know of the attempts at reform that have failed to wipe out cruelty. Some places have gained victory against such vices as slavery and the murder of infants, and some have not. But none have been able to get rid of the one plague that affects us all: the pain we suffer every day at the hands of our fellow human beings. The lies, betrayals, secrets, and neglect. And even worse is that we sometimes inflict that pain.
What God’s love means for us is that even though we hurt the ones we (and he) love and make the same mistakes over and over again, we’ll never be alone. Because he never quits. He is willing to rescue anyone who no longer wishes to live that way.
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