God’s heart is to carry us as a man carries his son (Deut. 1:31). Yet, despite God’s word, how often do we refuse him (Deut. 1:32)? Still, how much more often does God say, “You transgressor! You stubborn of heart! You have no faith in me. You are running to everything else and whoring after idols! You are far from me, but nevertheless I will run to you. I will give you my righteousness. I will give you my salvation. You will be my glory. I’m doing this because I love you.”
Isaiah 46:12-13 says,
Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness; I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory.
Deuteronomy 7:6-8 says,
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
And so God doesn’t just say, “I love you.” He ends with, “And I love you because I love you. And I will love you until you obey me.”