Isaiah 54:10 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.
There is something of music in the very sound of these words.
The thought that lies below them, sweeping as it does through the whole creation, and parting all things into the transient and eternal, the mortal and immortal, is still greater than the music of the words.
‘These’ are removed; ‘this’ abides.
The thing in God which abides is all-gentle tenderness, that strange love mightier than all the powers of Deity beside, permanent with the permanence of His changeless heart.
‘My loving kindness and the covenant of My peace,’ outlast everything else. The antithesis of what passes and what abides is mind-boggling.
‘all things are in a state of flux’—it’s a basic tenant of physical science…and yet it seems as unchanging as anything we know…it’s the shape of the box…and yet, if we had nothing abiding beyond this universe, what would be the point?
There’s an unspoken ‘But’ here– in that vacuum, the Great Spirit moves all the material universe, Himself unmoved, undiminished by creation, or by said vacuum. The Unknowable whose name means ‘breath’ is YHWH—who comes to us in man-form to help the created move toward and abide in this presence.
I’m sort of blown away by how big this passage paints God…and blown away that we are His children…and that we able to abide because of Christ…that our part in glorifying Him and enjoying Him forever comes in walking alongside a global family and telling their stories. Insignificant, by itself, but being used as a tool to help others abide and recognize the mercy and grace of this big Abba.
We can touch the face of God…because He calls us to Himself.