10 For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Isaiah 54:10 (NLT)
In the previous article, I have written on the above verse. I have explained that God’s covenant of blessing is eternal. It can outlast everything we see here on earth. In the article, I pointed out the achievements of the Jews today to as the proof of God’s faithfulness. Despite their extremely small population on earth, the Jews are practically over-represented as achievers in every field. This is the result of God’s unbroken covenant of blessing. If this covenant can be so effective to the Jews, who relied on the blood of animals to cover their sins, how much more for Christians who have Jesus to die for our sins? I don’t think I have to convince anyone that Jesus has a higher status than the animals.
This means God’s covenant of blessing can sustain the passage of time. It does not decay with time. The Second Law of Thermodynamics has no effect of God’s covenant to his people.
In this article, I want to emphasize that the same covenant can also overcome bad events in our world today. This is especially relevant because we are supposed to be in the worst global recession in history. The question here is, does this covenant still work in a recession?
I remember in the earlier days of this blog where I got a lot of responses (or objections) from many doctrine worshippers. One of the tactics they used to support their heresy is to cite situations where it seems impossible for Christians to get rich.
How about Christians who live in poor countries?
How about Christians who are currently serving life sentence in jail?
It seems to the doctrine worshipers that as long as there is one Christian who lives in poor country or under a life sentence, God’s promise to give us prosperity is no longer valid. God is a liar. This tells us that doctrine worship can cause brain damage.
If you have read the Bible, you will remember that God always keep his promises regardless of the physical situation. Isaac faced the worst famine in his time. Yet God made him even richer in the midst of it. Isaac did not starve in the famine. He did not get poorer. He got richer. Joseph was sold as a slave to Egypt and later imprisoned for molest. Yet, God’s blessing could still make him rich, powerful and successful. Throughout the Bible, we can see that God always keep his promises regardless on how bad the physical situation was.
So, God can still prosper us even in the worst recession in history. Let me put this in another way. The worst recession in history cannot break the covenant of blessing God had with us. God’s desire for us to be rich, healthy and successful in every area is still valid today. Go ahead and make your millions.
The above verse ends with “says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Mercy is an important factor here. Why mercy? The answer is we are still imperfect. We still make mistakes. We are still vulnerable in the areas of our weakness. We would have been unqualified to receive God’s blessings based on our own strength. Thank God for his mercy. The mercy of God enables us to continue to receive God’s blessings despite our imperfection. This brings glory to God.
So, we are blessed not because of our own strength but because of God’s mercy on us. All we have to do is to keep obeying and trusting in him. Are you not glad that you have such a wonderful God?