“For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken, grieved in spirit, and heartsore—even a wife [wooed and won] in youth, when she is [later] refused and scorned, says your God.
For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion and mercy I will gather you [to Me] again.
In a little burst of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with age-enduring love and kindness I will have compassion and mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:6-8
Wooed and won in youth – and then later scorned. Yes. Oh, Lord, why did you forsake me, why were you so angry that you would hide your face from me? What did I do to deserve this abandonment? Oh, Lord, why? Am I so horrible, am I so unworthy? Did you not know the pain I have suffered? The abuse and humiliation? The rejection? Oh, God, how could you have been angry with me? Your wrath is more than I can bear…my tears soak my bed and I am broken…
Yes, Patti, you are horrible. Completely unworthy. Do you know the pain I suffered because of you? Do you even care about the abuse and humiliation you caused Me? Had I not wooed you from before I laid foundations of the earth – you would have continued in your abandonment of Me! As YOU rejected Me, I besought forgiveness from the Father on your behalf as I bore His wrath in your place upon the cross! You were angry with Me for no cause – and yet you have the audacity to question my righteousness! Oh, the mercy I have shown you! Oh, the love I have bestowed upon you – and the grace I have freely given! Do you not know from Whom all blessings flow? Any affection you have for Me is solely do to the fact that I loved you first! You fear My wrath? As you ought…for it is a fearful thing to be My hands…my nail pierced hands! I AM HOLY and you are not! You cannot bear my wrath – were it not that I poured it out on the One Whom I Love – the One Who deserved NOT to suffer – for YOU I did this as YOUR sin stands to separate you from Me for eternity! You cast your insidious accusations at me through tears? I know about your tears – for you see I have counted each one and placed them in a bottle. You see, I love you, Patti. And IAM kind and slow to anger, longsuffering and willing to forgive. I will have compassion upon you and draw you to Myself. My mercy will be exchanged for wrath and with age-enduring love I will gather you to Me and Me alone. IAM your Redeemer!
Oh, Lord, my mouth is stopped. I indeed am worthy of nothing but your wrath. My sin is grievous and completely foul before you. In my flesh is no good thing and I bow before you in repentance. I have forsaken You, the Holy One. I have abandoned You, the Faithful One. I have believed the words spoken by a liar instead of Your Word. I have accused my only Hope and doubted the King of Heaven. Forgive me for thinking of myself more highly than I ought. I am undone before Thee, oh Lord – and I beg your mercy upon me for I am a sinner. Were it not for your age-enduring love and the draw of your Spirit upon my life, I would have NO HOPE.
But You, oh Lord ARE MY REDEEMER. You are my Hope, You are my Refuge, You are my Strength, You are My Savior! To You and You alone, I am forever indebted for freeing me from the penalty of my own sin. You have given me Life and given it to me abundantly! And to You I give all honor and glory and praise!
Thank You, Jesus for saving my soul! I love you.
Because He lives,