“’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
I have ridden and trekked through gorgeous mountain ranges in Asia. The power and the majesty of these mountains can leave one breathless. When we see mountains, we see their grandeur and strength, their height and power. Mountains and hills are relatively stable, secure, and strong.
This passage claims that even if the near impossible happens (the mountains shake or the hills be removed), even then God’s love for us cannot be shaken. Even when we feel we are shaking because of our circumstances, even when our minds begin to form questions that disturb us, God is NOT shaking. Even when we waver in our love for God, God will never shift His love for us.
Once I rode in the Himalayan foothills, riding within inches of steep drop offs and impending mudslides, I was scared! I held my daughter in my arms. We were being thrown all over the place as the bus hit potholes and drove hairpin curves. I held her neck firmly so that her neck wouldn’t snap. I was terrified and kept telling God my fears. I kept saying to God, “Please don’t let us crash, Chad and me die, and our kids get raised by an unreached people group!” This might sound dramatic, but I have never been more frightened in my life. Literally I looked down cliffs with our tires mere inches from the air!
I felt the Lord nudge me and say, “Look at your husband. Who is he holding?” Chad was holding our son securely, also stabilizing his little 2-year-old neck. I heard the Spirit whisper, “Just as you are holding your daughter and your husband is holding your son, so am I holding you.”
Those words literally gave me breath. Instantly, God’s peace covered every fiber of my being. I realized God had ME! Just as I had compassion on my daughter, and my husband had compassion on our son, so God had compassion on us ALL! I will never forget this experience where I literally felt the Prince of Peace surround me and fill me with compassion that brought instantaneous peace. I knew God was not promising me safety, but I knew God was promising to not let us go. That’s all I needed. As long as His hands were holding us, we were okay.
Sisters and brothers, even if you feel shaken, jerked around by life, NONE of these circumstances can shake the love God has for you. He wants to shower you with His peace. God, the Almighty, has compassion on you. Rest in His unshaking love.