From Pastor’s Desk: 1-24-16
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.
In reading this verse in came to mind that this should be the attitude of the church toward those we are trying to reach with the gospel.
Too often we tend to give up because they don’t react with positive response to our message. Many years ago, in a Bible course titled Creative Teaching, I learned that “…if the student has not learned, the teacher has not taught.”
How often we preach/teach the word, expecting those who listen to really hear, not realizing that our style, methodology, and presentation does not capture nor hold their attention. It behooves the preacher/teacher to occasionally re-evaluate style, methodology, and presentation. We often hear the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” May I offer a counter-statement: “If it IS broke, fix it?” Or, how about, “If it ain’t working, change it?”
God’s unfailing love for us (not only His people, but the world) is such that He never gives up! An argument could be that He will not always strive with man (Gen 6:3), the hardening of a heart (Romans 1:18-32), blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (Matthew 12:31), and, no doubt, others.
One New Testament passage that substantiates Isaiah 54:10 is Romans 8:35-39. Until the time when the Father tells the Son to take His bride, the church, away from this world there will always be room at the cross for anyone who will come to Him and ask forgiveness.
Indeed, “…though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed… (God’s) unfailing love…” will always be in effect. His love, mercy, compassion, and grace is within the reach of even a whispered prayer.