“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.” Isaiah 63:9.
God was on hand at the beginning. He has never left me.
He has seen me in my troubles and felt my pain.
Not only has He kept track of me but, because of His great Love, He prevented me from getting an after-life apart from Him. Hallelujah!
As a sinner, I needed mercy. If I had gotten what I deserved I would end up eternally separated from Him. BUT God sent Jesus to take care of my sin problem. Jesus died, in my place for my sins, and thereby removed the eternal consequence my sins warranted. By recognizing that I am a sinner and realizing the deserved consequence, I understood my need for what Jesus did for me when He died. I believed that He died for my sins and by doing that my sins were erased forever. In gratitude for what He did for me, I turned my life over to Him.
And what a ride it has been! As an older person, I can appreciate the part of the verse above that says, “and carried them all the days of old.” Jesus became my Savior when I was a pre-teen. I’ve known Him for a long time.
Isaiah has mentioned that Israel has had its ups and downs with God. Sometimes they’re close and other times God is fighting against them. I know that experience. Many regrettable times but also many Godly mountain-top experiences.
How blessed I am that God never leaves. How disappointing it is when I separate from Him and experience the consequences.
How dare I separate from Someone Who is so loving and merciful? Someone who’s always been there for me. Someone who prevented me from drowning in the Connecticut River when I was a kid. Who put me in a family where I was introduced to my need to be saved from my sins’ consequence. He is remarkable.
Conclusion: God has been with me from the get-go. He has loved me and been merciful to me.