Today’s reading from Isaiah reminded me of the words of one of my favorite contemporary Christian songs. It says “He’s not mad at you. He’s not disappointed. His grace is stronger, still than all of your wrong choices.” Those words echoed in my head today as I read today’s reading.
Listen to what we are told in Isaiah 55: 9-10:
9 This is like the days of Noah to me:
Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
10 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.
This is God talking to the Israelites about what it will be like after their exile in Babylon. Those would be tough and difficult days. Days when they would feel forgotten by God. Days when they would feel forsaken by God.
I so love what God reminds us in verse 9. He’s not angry with us. He will not rebuke us. His heart is moved. He will not forget His love or His peace.
He will have compassion on us.
He’s not mad at me. He’s not mad at you. He loves you.
I hope you can really hear that today. I hope His grace will ring true to you today. I hope you understand that no matter what has happened in your life, no matter how bad it may be, God is not mad at you. He loves you. Through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross and the empty grave, you are forgiven. All is forgiven.
You are free.
God is not mad at you. He is not out to get you. He is not working against you. He loves you.
Know that truth today, and that truth will set you free. He’s not mad at you. May we never, ever, ever believe that He is. You are loved, more than you can ever even begin to understand. God love you.
God loves you.
Today, and every day.
Never forget that.