Over New Year’s, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit Buffalo, Wyoming. I completely fell in love with the little town nestled at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. Every day I would wake up, look out the back window, and see the unimaginable beauty of God’s creation. And every day, the mountains reminded me of this verse from Isaiah:“For the mountains may depart And the hills be removed, But my steadfast love shall not depart from you, And my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” Says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Those mountains seemed completely immovable. They rise from the hills to brush the clouds above. What force could cause those mountains to crumble? And the Bighorn Mountains aren’t even close to the tallest mountains on our planet. The range is tiny compared to the Rockies, the Andes, or the Alps.
But whatever force could destroy mountains and pull apart the earth is nothing compared to the absolute and reckless love of God. The Lord has compassion on you. He looks at you and in the midst of your sin and imperfection and says, “I love you. I desire you. That will never change.”
God made a covenant of peace with us. In this verse, “peace” does not mean “the peace of God” as we see in Philippians 4:7. No, it is talking of “peace with God” (Romans 5:1). Peace with God means that we are no longer separated from Him. We can come before Him as His children, boldly approaching His throne on the basis of the blood of Christ. But this covenant of peace that God made with us had a price, and that price was the brutal death of God’s own Son, Jesus. When Jesus rose again, he broke the chains of sin that held us captive. He restored our relationship with God so that we might live with Him in eternity.
God’s love is a powerful force. It calls us to Him, changes our hearts, and flows out of us to the rest of the world, restoring the lost as it is shared. It’s more powerful than anything that could raze mountains. It is eternal and never changing. It is steadfast and true, an anchor like no other.