Isaiah 65 has the prophet reminding us of God’s faithfulness and love to His people. The Jews in exile in Babylon were calling out asking God to fix their situation of captivity. But they weren’t walking with Him. It was a request based on their selfish desires, not a willingness to walk in obedience to their God. “I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; a people who provoke me to my face continually”. God is looking for a relationship where He is Lord and we are His people walking obediently with Him.
God loves us but He does expect us to walk humbly with Him. When we fall short, which we all do, it doesn’t go unnoticed. “These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day”. Just like our own children who make choices to disobey – and we must never forget that all disobedience (sin) is a choice – the relationship is not ended. We will always be mom or dad to our kids. That’s what happens when they are born. We take on an eternal role of being mom or dad. God will always be our Father, no matter what good or bad choices we make. Sin and disobedience can cause stress and even separation in a relationship, but it never changes the foundational relationship we have.
That’s why we never lose our salvation once we make the intentional choice to confess, repent and receive God’s grace through Christ. We become a Child of God at that point as a Christ Follower and while our sin will stress our relationship with our heavenly Father, it will never cause Him to take it away. We may cause plenty of smoke in His nostrils and frustration in His heart, but we don’t lose the bond that will ultimately bring us into eternity with Him. It doesn’t mean there won’t be pain and suffering because of our choices, but that won’t eternally separate us from God once we are His.
God is going to do a new thing. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind”. We are merely temporary residents here on earth. He has an amazing plan and we will get to share in that as His children and saved people. It will be an amazing place where God will “be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress”. There will be peace and harmony as scripture tells us the “wolf and the lamb shall graze together”. Oh what a glorious day that will be!