February 25, 2011 § 1 Comment
Isaiah 49:8-16 presents a moving portrayal of God’s compassion for us. It contains one of those rare occasions in the Bible where God is spoken of in a typically motherly rather than typically fatherly metaphor. When God’s people said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” (49:14), the response came, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” (49:15). This was a powerful message in Isaiah’s time when God’s people went through the pain of devastation during war and deportation to Babylon, and it still is a powerful message to everyone who experience the helplessness of hopeless situations that seem to have no solution or positive outcome. Isaiah piles on verbs to reassure God’s people that God’s power and protection remains with them regardless the apparent abandoned and forsaken circumstances. This is God’s ultimate promise that you and I live by today and in every possible circumstance, namely that “the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones” (49:13). Therefore, the Lord has “engraved you on the palms of my (his) hands” (49:16). In what regard do you have to not only hear this message today, but also believe it with all your heart?