Read Isaiah 63.7-14
“In all their distress He too was distressed, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them: He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Is.63.9)
The intense passion in the LORD’s love for His people can mean that when they perversely rebelled against such love, He became (still in love) their enemy – intent always on glorifying His name (v.14) through His merciful saving of them.
What are the features of the LORD’s love to which the prophet points here?
How can the LORD’s becoming their enemy and fighting against them (v.10) be squared with the assurance of His love and mercy (v.9)?
Prayer: On this election day, oh that You would rend the heavens and come down again among us! ‘Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD: do not remember our sins for ever’ (make the words of Is.64.1-12 your own prayer today).