The Steadfast Love of Yahweh
Because* of the steadfast love (hesed) of Yahweh we have not ceased to exist; his mercies never come to an end. (Lam 3:22)
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because it is so shocking. I find myself asking, why does Yahweh’s steadfast love run out? If ever there was a time that His love was justified in running out, this was it. The nation of Israel, which Yahweh had redeemed out of Egypt and led into the promised land had rebelled against Him repeatedly for nearly the whole seven centuries they lived in the land. Why does He continue to relent? Why does He continue to pursue them? And what if His love had stopped there?
Have you ever thought about that? What if God’s plan of redemption had been scrapped as the exiles were marched off to captivity? What unspeakable grace and mercy that He did not give up there! Oh how marvelous is His continual pursuit of His wayward people! Behold your God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love!
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:33-36 ESV)
*This translation does not follow most English translations, but is probably more faithful to the Hebrew text