Mom stands by the curb, tearfully watching her little one board the schoolbus for the first time. Dad swallows hard and wraps his son in a fierce embrace. The young man will board a plane and head off to his first deployment overseas. This is the heartbeat of God as He allowed His chosen people to be carried off to exile. Here’s what He told them:
“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4)
Almost sounds like God is saying, “This will hurt Me more than it does you.” But notice carefully God’s promise to sustain them and carry them, even in their time of banishment. And rescue them. That’s the heartbeat of God. “For God so loved the world…”
That’s His heart toward you, too, even if you have wandered off into an exile of your own making. You may have run from Him, but He loves you and will never run from you.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
(Psalm 139:7 -10)