Is there a difference between the thinking of a 20- or 30-something-year-old single male and a 40- or 50-something never-married single male about getting married? I will share some information on that subject in the next article. In the meanwhile, first, view this film clip released by Columbia Pictures in 1955. Then view the conclusion on the “HERS” page. It is quite humorous.
By Justin Coleman
“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” – Isaiah 54:9-10 (NKJV)
Isaiah 53 is known as the great redemptive chapter. It prophesied about Jesus taking our sin, our shame, our guilt, our sickness, our disease, our grief, our pains. Because He paid the ultimate price by taking our sin and punishment we can be saved, healed, and delivered in every area of life. After this great declaration of redemption in chapter 53, Isaiah makes some bold proclamations that come directly from God Himself.
Our passage for today starts off by saying “This is like the waters of Noah to me; For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth…” The Lord reminds us of His promise that a flood would never again destroy the world. The declarations He is about to make are just as absolute as that promise. Because of God’s Covenant Mercy.
He goes on to make 4 great declarations, which are ours now that Jesus paid the ultimate price for redemption.
1. I will not be angry with you
2. I will not rebuke you
3. My kindness will not depart from you
4. My covenant of peace will not be removed.
There is a lot we could say about each of these declarations. Perhaps the most important aspect of these promises is that they are unconditional. These promises are not dependent on what you do for them to be true. That is what it means when it says “This is like the waters of Noah to me…” God promised/declared/guaranteed that a flood would never again destroy the earth. It doesn’t matter what humanity does. Even if the world becomes worse than it was during the time of Noah, God declared that a flood would never destroy the earth. The four declarations made in our passage are equally unconditional. We can’t do anything to stop them from being true.
Let’s focus on one specific promise. Verse 10 says “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you.” Because of what Jesus has done, God guarantees that His kindness will not leave us. Even if the mountains and hills are removed, His kindness will remain on us. What would it take to remove a mountain? Perhaps an earthquake? There have been massive earthquakes that have caused untold damage and devastation, but have you ever seen an earthquake completely flatten a mountain? It is hard to imagine the Rocky Mountains being completely flattened by an earthquake. An earthquake that powerful might tear the entire continent to pieces. Turning a massive mountain range into a flat piece of land would take an unthinkable amount of shaking.
God says, even if that happens, even if there is a shaking so profound that it destroys mountains, His kindness will still be there. His kindness will still be on those of us who have put our faith in Jesus. We may never see that kind of physical shaking in our lifetime, but we all experience other kinds of shaking. Many have felt the pain of political upheaval, war, pandemics, droughts, and many other life altering experiences. These things can make it feel like our lives, and the world around us, are being shaken, but in the midst of it all God is saying “But My kindness…”.
When we are lamenting about the challenges of life, He is whispering to us “But My kindness…” No matter what we face His kindness will always be upon us. No matter how dark the times may seem, His kindness is with us and upon us, because He is forever for us. His kindness will never be removed.