“In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9).
In reading the prophets, I am never surprised by God’s wrath against his wayward and rebellious children. What leaves me completely astonished, however, is that he has anything to do with us at all. Just consider the magnitude of God’s salvation; a plan that extends far beyond the forgiveness of my sins, and me going to heaven, to the redemption of all creation. Even so, along the way to this being accomplished, God has immersed himself into the pain and brokenness of the human condition as a flesh and blood demonstration of his love and mercy.