Isaiah 63:8 (MSG)
He said, “Without question these are my people, children who would never betray me.”
It all comes back to this. So often we hear people describe the Old Testament being about a judgemental powerful God, or about his Law or Commands, or even about people who forget God, mess up and turn away from him again and again. But these aspects aren’t the heart of it. Without the heart of the book, we miss the point of it. At the beginning of every list in the Bible, and I’ve just written my own, is relationship; it’s all about a Father God who loves his children. To him there is nothing we can do that is so bad that he stops loving us. Despite what he says in this verse, later in the passage we see his children doing just that, betraying him, but he doesn’t see us as betrayers, rather as his precious family. He sees us as that and works through the whole of the Bible story to makes us that.
Stop what you’re doing. Be still. Know that you are loved.