Looking back on the faithfulness of the Lord increases our faith; as we reflect on God’s goodness, we gain courage to live in the present and have real hope to face the future. Isaiah encouraged King Hezekiah as he sought the Lord and reminded the king of God’s promise of a nation that was to come out of one couple. “Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain. When I called him, he was only one; I blessed him and made him many.”
God made a nation for Himself out of one man and woman, and through the years led this nation into the land He promised. But again, God’s people were in hard times brought on by their own rebellion and sin; they needed a wake-up call to God’s mercy. “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you. Because of God’s benevolent faithful love we have hope. This is a call worth answering with thanksgiving.