Isaiah 64

“Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence!” (v1). The Israelites wanted the Lord to “come down” and restore their nation. They knew that their sins had led to their destruction by foreign armies (v5). “Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins” (v11). Yet, they still counted on God’s mercy and compassion: “Behold, please look, we are all your people” (v9).

“No eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him” (v4). Whether our troubles are unexpected or self-created, we can count on God’s kindness. His mercy overflows.