“Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save” (v4). God declared through Isaiah that He wanted to be a father to the Israelites. They had made false gods that they could “control,” but when they rejected the Creator, they also rejected His protection, His support, and His saving power. In mercy, God called the “stubborn of heart” to return to Him (v12).
“My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (v10). God didn’t wait for our stubborn hearts to soften; our repentance is a response to His love, poured out in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).