For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.” (Isaiah 63:16, ESV)

The problem that is acknowledged here is that at the time Isaiah writes this beautiful verse, God’s people were not acting like God’s people.  Indeed, they had strayed so far from the Law that their own ancestors wouldn’t recognize that they were people of God!  This is sobering.

However, the astounding truth is that, even though they weren’t acting like God’s people, and even though their own ancestors would point this out, they were still God’s children! You are our Father…our Redeemer from of old. The relationship between God and his people didn’t rest on what they did, but on who they were; which is not to say that they weren’t going to experience the painful correction of the Lord because they were.

This is solid truth for the stumbling journey that we make as we seek to navigate the life of faith.  Who can claim perfection in the journey?  Who hasn’t failed Our Lord?  Who wouldn’t be guilty to the charge of our own ancestors that we have failed in our Christian walk? I know I would be just as guilty as these Israelites.  However, we are still God’s children because his relationship with us doesn’t rest on what we do, but on who we are. Which is not to say that we aren’t going to experience the painful correction of the Lord because we are, and for this we should be grateful because it means both that he love us, and that we are indeed his children.