And when many troubles and afflictions come to them, this song will testify against them, because their descendants will not have forgotten it. For I know what they are prone to do, even before I bring them into the land I swore to give them. – Deuteronomy 31:21
There are many words for love in the Bible, but the one that fascinates me the most is often translated as “lovingkindness” in the older English versions. The word, in Hebrew is chesed (KES-ed) and it places an emphasis upon God’s love expressed through His covenant. In other words, the essence of God’s love (His chesed) is that it is not dependent upon our response, but rather upon His decision.
Before Israel was a people. Before Egypt. Before the exodus. Before the wilderness. Before Jericho. Before the Promised Land. Before the cycle of judges. God knew. He knew their failure, disobedience, and bent towards sin. and in spite of that knowledge, He still loved them.
And, in the same way, before you were a person. Before your slavery (to sin). Before your freedom (by Christ). Before your wanderings (from Him). God knew. He knew your failure, disobedience, and weakness of flesh. And yet, He still loves you.
Wherever you are, He may be found … just come back. He knows and He loves.
What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. – A. W. Tozer