When I think of an example of “steady” the earth we live on is a picture that comes to mind. Earth has been orbiting the sun for an incredibly long period of time and it’s form has remained largely constant. Day after day we rotate giving structure to ‘day’ and ‘night’. Those rotations and the appearance of the moon versus the sun give us days we can number, name and count. Days give us weeks. Weeks give us months. Months give us years. The rotation causes ocean tides to ebb and flow bringing new treasures to shore and washing old ones out. The earth’s rotation gives us seasons. Seasons cause things to come to life and cause things to come to die. We can name and count on the seasons. While there is some variation year to year, we know what to expect.
We take the steadiness of earth for granted I think.
Despite the consistency and steadiness of our planet, there is still movement. Running rivers cause rocks to wash away over time revealing canyons in their place. Rain relieves drought but causes flooding in the process. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and tornados cause devastation and change the face of the earth. Earthquakes have even been known to change directions that rivers flow.
Despite all of the consistency and steadiness there is an uncertainty about what each day or storm may bring. Even still Earth remains the longest standing example of steadiness I know. This is why when I read Isaiah 54:10 today it struck me. In this verse the Lord is speaking and He says:
’Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed.’
Says the Lord, who has compassion on you
The Earth is steady, but yet it moves. The Lord’s love for us is steadier and it cannot be moved. We can’t cause the Earth to be shaken, but yet we think that we can cause God’s love to be. This verse tells us that no matter what you or I have done in the past or what we will do in the future, God’s love is stronger and steadier than the mountains or all of Earth. Nothing can shake it. We would be more likely to cause mountains to move than to cause God to not love us. We are not worthy of such great love, but yet it remains.
I’m realizing how little I understand what God’s love truly looks like and how all encompassing it truly is. We’ve been singing this song at church lately and it was stuck in my head as I read these verses. It’s called “Furious” by Jeremy Riddle. The chorus says:
His love is deep, his love is wide and it covers us/ His love is fierce his love is strong, it is furious/ His love is sweet, his love is wild and it’s waking hearts to life
My prayer is that you and I would believe His word and respond with gratitude and praise. That his love would truly awaken our hearts to life.
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