Lent Devotion

Trinity Lenten Devotional “Voice of the Prophets: Ancient Words for Today”
February 20; Tuesday
Isaiah 54:1– 10 “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Have you ever broken a promise? I have: Told someone I would be at a certain time and place for a meeting, only to be late or unprepared or even forgot to attend. Told my husband that I would have all the worksheets ready for him to do our taxes, then finished them late or inaccurately. Told my children we would do something special, then put it off or said I did not have time right now. Told the Lord I would turn away from sin, but sinned again and again.

Well, God has a word for his promises, called covenants. He made several to his people in the Old Testament, like promising Noah that he would never again destroy all earthly life with some natural disaster. Another was made to King David to establish and maintain the Davidic dynasty on the throne of Israel, pointing to the Messiah and future reign of Christ on earth. There are other covenants in the Old Testament, and all are important because they are fulfilled by God and never broken.

In Isaiah 54, we read the prophetic words telling us of not only his plan to bring the Jews out of captivity and back to their land, but also an end to his anger through a covenant of peace. This promised blessing of peace awaits historic fulfillment in the future kingdom of Jesus when he returns to earth. And for now, his unfailing love and mercy for us will not be shaken.

Dear Lord, Thank you for your steadfast love and promises to us. Thank you for sending a Savior to grant us forgiveness and peace. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Sheryl Eckerman and her husband, Dick, are retired from Deere & Co. and live in Moline. They enjoy time with family, Bible study groups, and many dear TLC friendships.