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I spent this past weekend in New England. The weather, the schedule and the people were all relentless. Friday night brought torrential rain. The kind that blurs the lines on the road, turns paths into puddles and soaks your clothes in an instant. Saturday ushered in showers throughout the day that required rain gear to move anywhere outside.
The conference schedule didn’t alter at all because of the rain. We had to move boxes from the car to the building in the rain on Friday night. We had to dash our car after setup as buckets of water poured over us. The organizer of the event said to us before we left, “We never let weather dictate what we are going to do. We will open the doors earlier tomorrow than we planned so people can get out of the weather but we will stay on schedule!”
And the people showed up. They were eager to learn and full of questions. Every free moment was spent meeting with people, answering their inquiries and helping them make decisions about resources that would help them become stronger people.
Life is relentless because God is relentless. The relationship God had with the nation of Israel, as described in Isaiah 3, can only be characterized as unrelenting. When the nation veered off course concluding they could make it on their own, God persistently applied His discipline. “See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty,
is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder . . . The look on their faces testifies against them.” (v. 1-9) He never wanted them to settle for self-sufficiency when they had His resources at their disposal. He never wanted them to settle for their limited human perspective when the all-knowing was willing to give His guidance. He never wanted them to rely on temporary assistance when the eternal God had committed Himself to their long-term well-being.
At the same time, His love constantly pursues the objects of His affection. “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.” (v. 10) In the midst of a tough pronouncement of judgment, the righteous are reminded of their reward. God takes a personal interest in making sure the people who respond to His love receive His favor and the resources they need to fulfill their God-given dream.
This was good for me to hear today. My life, like yours, is filled with daily chores, mundane tasks, and challenges that must be overcome even though they provide no intrinsic motivation. In addition, everyday is scattered with moral choices that impact the state of my heart. If I relentlessly pursue the best course of action, God’s love becomes obvious and effective. Just as faithfully, His discipline confronts the foolish choices that feed the desires of the flesh.
Lord, give me the longing today to experience your persistent love more often than your relentless discipline.

2 Responses

  1. Amen Brother….Lord help me to make good choices & to Trust you & lean not on my own understanding.
    “Billy the Man”

  2. I’m reading this in God’s perfect timing today…thank you for this message. May God continue to renew our energies daily. Susie

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